Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Music: An Art and a Language - Reading Together - Beethoven

"He is the embodiment of that spirit of individualism, of human freedom and self-respect which found its expression in the French Revolution, in our American War of Independence and in the entire alteration of social standards."
(location 1805, Kindle Edition)

"The unshaken hold which his music has upon the affections of mankind is due chiefly to two striking characteristics: first, the way in which he dramatized everything—themes, instruments, even single notes, i.e., treating them as actual factors in life itself rather than as artistic abstractions; second, the spirituality and sublimity in his immortal message."
(location 2286, Kindle Edition)

Some resources on Beethoven and his works:
Lesson Resources on Ludwig van Beethoven
Lesson Resources on Nature-Themed Classical Music

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