Beethoven’s 1st Symphony
“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.” Ludwig van Beethoven
“Love him, love him truly, but do not forget that he reached poetic freedom after thorough study, years on end, and praise his restless moral power. Do not seek to extract the unusual, go back to the roots of creation, demonstrate his genius not through his last symphony (…), you can do this just as well through his first symphony.” – Robert Schumann on Beethoven
When one is facing the nearly insurmountable drudgery of ugliness that is presented to us upon waking each morning, one pulls the covers over their heads (if they’re lucky enough to have a bed in the richest country in the world) and figuratively, or maybe sometimes literally, bash the annoying device that’s taken them from dealing with the daily annoyances of bosses, friends, hook-ups, husbands, wives, lovers, relatives and unrelenting texts, to pieces.
Thankfully, we have some ethereal meanderings from Beethoven to get our creative juices flowing before we exit our front doors into the modern day mess:
“What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.” Ludwig van Beethoven
If only we each had the spirit and guts to tell a few of those who present particular posterior issues we must face each day – setting them upon a path of self-discovery, as Beethoven did – how much better the world might be.
Instead of listening to the morning news presented by arrogant pains-in-the-ass, clamoring on about nonsense, BS, horseshit and other things they want us to be very afraid of – perhaps consider turning off the latest modern invasion into your inner sanctum and listen to a bit of beauty to get the day off to a splendid start:
CHRISTIAN THIELEMANN CONDUCTS LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN ~ Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21 (1801)
Photo credit (front page): By W.J. Baker (held the expired copyright on the photograph) (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons