Beethoven The sound of God
Posted Fri Mar 11, 2011 02:39 PM
The reason I rank Beethoven marginally above Bach as the finest composer ever was in the fact that no-one before Beethoven had combined such intellectuality and emotion in the same breath, without sensing there should be a difference. His Late Quartets and late piano sonatas are among the most profound acheivements ever constructed by man. My brother hijacked my prized Busch Quartet performances of the late quartets. I want them back.
Mozart did his best in his own lifetime with a form that seemed deliberately designed at the time to repress real thought and emotion, and which was filled also with musical clichés. Beethoven freed it into a realm that was dictated purely by intellect and emotion. His musical ideas are still intimidating to composers of the present day; his final piano sonata invented syncopated jazz.
He foresaw serialism, or at least atonalism, and repudiated it. He foresaw minimalism, and repudiated it with complexities of absolute spiritual beauty. The work of this socially inept and unphotogenic but brilliant man has cast a shadow over our meagre civilisation, with its stupid rules and sense of intellectual blankness.If you ever want to make yourself more clever, then listen especially to his incomparably sublime late music. He is the greatest composer who has ever scribbled notes.
Posted Fri Mar 11, 2011 02:51 PM
Posted Fri Mar 11, 2011 03:08 PM
And regarding modern stuff, I dislike Glass but I love his string quartets, I love Adams and Gorecki. I hate James MacMillan and stuff like that which sounds like the notes were all written at random. Oh, and I really like Richard Strauss, Puccini and Telemann.
Posted Sat Mar 12, 2011 03:14 AM
I dare anyone not to listen to this and to either not cry or to not be transported. It is the legendary Busch Quartet recording. it is paced as a true adagio, performed at a snail's pace, and it is the most beautiful performance I have yet to hear on record. The Busch Quartet ignored the reputation these very great pieces of music had among casual music fans and conducted their performances as though they were the most accessible pieces written by Mozart or Schubert, with stunning results. It is though the maestro himself is talking to you, with the rare properties of intellect, emotion and beauty that go hand in hand with the total passionate lyricism that is the signature of this great man.
Posted Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:39 PM
my fave beethoven pieces other than his 5th symphony are the overture to the egmont,and moonlight senada with fer elise not far behind!
Posted Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:12 PM
Posted Mon Mar 14, 2011 05:56 AM
Beethoven, I don't know... I am not too much into his music. Never was, maybe I need to give him a second chance.
I like Bach, but also not everything and I get bored by some of his stuff too quickly. Maybe I prefer Handel's pure simplicity, I don't know... I also love early music and Hildegard von Bingern specifically, also Purcell...
There is so much great music out there and so many geniuses, I couldn't pic one out and put him on a pedestal.
Posted Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:59 AM