The Life of Beethoven

December 4, 2010

This is Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. Listen for a while.

Tragic? and sad? Yes, those emotions should be in this piece, because Beethoven composed it. His life was full of difficulties, expressed very well through all his music. He lost his hearing, which was an unimaginable loss for an ingenious musician like him. Also, he was a very, very aggressive man, known to have quick temper.

He mostly composed his music in minor chords. It somehow conveys his difficulties in life. You may think he is just a bad-tempered man, but actually, there is so much more than that in him. His music has depth that even Mozart’s music does not have. Although he was not born with innate talents as Mozart, he was a very, very hard-working person and strived for the best music he could produce. As a result, his music reveals all his efforts through its depth.

This piece may seem tragic. Well, it is. It shows his distress. However, from time to time, you could also hear soft melodies that are very emotionally touching. This makes me think that although he was an aggressive man outside, he might have had a soft side inside him that he could only reveal through his music. He was really living his life in music; it was only through his creation that he could truly unveil himself and be who he really was.

This song is such a masterpiece that truly shows that aspect. Listen…

Ohh.. it is just too beautiful to be true. It almost makes me cry every time I listen to it. Was this really him? The one oppressed behind his own strong character? So deeply touching… and again, the depth in his music makes people more engaged. In a way, his music contains philosophies. It makes you look back at your life and wonder deeply.

His effort was so sincere that even after he became deaf he never stopped his music. Never. Even in his deathbed. Ahh… every time I listen to his music I remind myself of his effort and it brings up deep respect from the bottom of my heart. ❤


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