Friday, September 3, 2010
Friday Philosophy- Clarity of Passion
Passion propels excellence. It is the difference between sweet strains of Mary Had a Little Lamb and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor.
Adapted as the European Union anthem, one of the greatest of all musical creations was created against all odds. It was not a straight line from idea to creation. Many projects; life, intervened.Long before the masterpiece was finished, the maestro was completely deaf.
His production would be the first major symphony to employ voices. The addition of choir and soloists shattered contemporary convention as they sang the final movement- the "Ode to Joy". Conducting the first public performance, he heard neither the music, nor the audience's appreciation. An assistant turned Beethoven around for him to see the enthusiastic rounds of applause.
Beethoven portrait by Karl Steiler