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  •  You have written a wonderful thing (5+ / 0-)
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    Vacationland, deben, NonnyO, mjbleo, Maudlin

    about Ludwig Van Beethoven. A great man, indeed. I celebrated his birthday today by playing several sonatas at the piano, including the "Pathetique", "Appassionata" and the "Waldstein".

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    by commonmass on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 05:57:56 PM PST

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    •  You could have played music less difficult (4+ / 0-)
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      Like anything else ever written.  I've played the slow movement from Pathetique in transcription for organ since I was very young. My father taught me. He played it with great feeling from memory.

      Lately been listening to Lang Lang's Appassionata on YouTube. Magic.

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      by deben on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 06:09:11 PM PST

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      •  Beethoven is really revolutionary, in some ways (4+ / 0-)
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        When I play Beethoven, I feel free. It's not easy, but it liberates the soul. Haydn does that too, in a way.

        Play or listen, Beethoven is good for you, all around.

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        by commonmass on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 06:12:38 PM PST

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        •  The way I look at it, (3+ / 0-)
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          Beethoven was handed the traditions of Western music by Mozart and Haydn, perfect. And he blew them up.  You can hear the well-mannered classical era shatter and crumble with Appassionata. Rough seas and stormy emotions ahead for the next hundred years. As Beethoven said, "I intend to take a new way."  Big time understatement.

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          by deben on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 06:22:11 PM PST

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