Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven at work

Some artworks are so monumental and stunningly beautiful, and last for centuries without having possibilities of being abandoned – and keep attracting new fans. Above all, the components of the artworks that make it so might be either its beauty or its mystery. And, I get those traits in the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of my favorite composers of all time.

I have a bunch of collection of his works – almost complete – ranging from piano sonatas, musical symphonies, his famous Cleveland quartet and also violin concertos. They’re all perfect in the sense that I’m almost unable to find his single work that is not beautiful. To be honest, some works on classical music produce dizzy effect instead of offering calming and tranquility effect towards their audience.

Among all Beethoven’s works, there are three that I like most: (1) Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor Op. 31, named Tempest;(2) Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61; and (3) Symphony No. 7 in A Major 2nd movement Allegretto.

Named according to the work of William Shakespeare, Tempest is a long piano sonata and consists of three movements. For me, it is the most impressive and beautiful piano sonata in existence: Ludwig van Beethoven is the winner. I bet you won’t find piano sonata of similar beauty or more beautiful with that duration of the play. When I listen to this work, I feel like being heard a song from Heaven for its calming and tranquility effect. I’m truly amazed by its beauty and I consider that it’s only a highly creative individual that managed to create artwork with the beauty of that magnitude.

The same feeling arises when I’m listening to the 2nd movement of the Symphony No. 7 in A Major created by Beethoven. What a heavenly music! Technically speaking, the symphony itself is very unique: Consisting of 4 (four) movements and each of them sounds like separated or not following a preconceived pattern which is very unusual for the German composer to do so. Just listen to the Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 Choral or Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, and you will feel the difference. It seems that Ludwig van Beethoven put a riddle within the symphony, and it’s our task to figure it out.

Remained unmarried, Ludwig van Beethoven is said to be a temperamental person but friendly one, just like presented in a movie entitled Copying Beethoven in which Ed Harris and Diane Kruger play as one of the casts. However, no one can deny that he was romantic person and rich in sentimental touch. We can trace back such trait in one of his works: Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61.

In the play, Beethoven performed his magnificent skill in playing with our emotion. The play is very romantic and melancholic one, and provides opposite opinion on the composer’s mental health and attitude. Many prominent violinists play this work well, but, to me, Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim play it better.

Ludwig van Beethoven will always be remembered for his outstanding works and legacy in music. Also, for his unique personality. Declaring himself as secular person, Ludwig van Beethoven managed to incorporate heavenly taste in his brilliant works. He showed that secularism and religiosity is separated by a very thin layer – just like creativity and madness.


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