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Ludwig van Beethoven – Part 2

Last night we had our Program entitled “Music of the Beyond” on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven at our Panorama Coffee Shop. It was a beautiful celebration of one of the greatest creative geniuses that ever graced this earth. If considering that he as a composer became deaf later in his life, his work becomes even more incredible. The pianist Taisiya Pushkar (www.taisiyapushkar.com) gave a captivating performance of some of Beethoven’s Sonatas. In addition she offered insights into significant moments in Beethoven’s life.


Please find here some more comments on the essence of Beethoven’s music and the creative process.
We hope it will inspire you to discover your own artistic inclinations, in whatever field it may be!

Daniel Baremboim, world famous pianist and conductor: “I think there is a very important personal message in each one of the Beethoven pieces…How free is the human being? How does the human being deal with himself? How does he deal with his problems of existence? How does he see himself? How does he cope with his anxietes, with anguish? How does he cope with joy? How does he cope with all those things? All that, and much more is for me the substance of Beethoven.”

Sri Chinmoy, spiritual teacher: “The spiritual essence of Beethoven’s sound-creation-manifestation is that the outer life can be harmonised, liberated and fulfilled by the soul’s conscious guidance of the physical in us. Even if the outer life starts from the darkest ignorance, it has hope. It begins its journey with hope; but eventually its total transformation, illumination and perfection become certain.”
(Excerpt from God The Supreme Musician by Sri Chinmoy, 1976, p. 53.

 Sri Chinmoy: “What Beethoven says on music is true not only from the intellectual and emotional point of view, but also from the spiritual point of view:
“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.” Ludwig Van Beethoven

You as the seed,
You as the plant,
You as a huge tree
With an inimitable variety
Of flowers and fruits
Are indeed the grandeur-expression
Of Infinity’s power-fragrance.

This world of ours and its heart are absolutely at one with the admirer-mourner-woman at your funeral: “They are burying the general of the musicians.”
Sri Chinmoy, Music: Ecstasy’s heart-hunger, Agni Press, 1994

Beethoven may have passed behind the curtain of Eternity more than two hundred years ago but his influence on musical developments and the lives of millions of people has not ceased in the least. His music continues to inspire, encourage and uplift individuals and humanity as a whole and for this we are deeply grateful.

Recommended Sources:

BBC Documentary “The Genius of Beethoven”
BBC Documentary “Eroica”Beethoven’s Birthday: A celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein
The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No9, Bernstein 1989
Taisiya Pushkar, Collaborative Pianist


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