Can we say something more about Beethoven?
Richard Wagner, Romain Rolland and Fan Noli have written about him, but first of all we have to give up the superlatives and the ridiculous exaggerations that have been made for him and let’s remember more about the philanthropists who helped and he dedicated his compositions: Werdstein (Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein (1762-1823)), Razumovskij (Andrej Kirillovič Razumovskij), Duke Rudolf (Rodolfo Giovanni Giuseppe Ranieri d’Asburgo-Lorraine 1788-1831), etc. Without Beethoven only historians would have been remembered for them. Beethoven was an ordinary man who did not present himself as an extraordinary genius: he neither surprised Mozart, nor did their single meeting remain isolated, nor did Hayden with whom he studied for a year. Neither did Haydn. His conversations enticed no one, his outbursts frightened everyone, black humor was tasteless, and deafness was emphasizing insanity.
But what music?
His catalog of 138 opus seems very small compared to that of Mozart where he lived and 30 years. (626 compositions cataloged by Koshel) or compared to Bahu’s opus (1127 are the number of works found so far. Only 9 symphonies, which is neither a tenth of Hayden’s productivity nor a quarter of his works. Mozart’s All Looks Very Little: A single concert for violin, only five for piano, while Vivaldi has composed over 400. Given this, one wonders: maybe music has begun to regress in the early 18th century. There is also a (unofficial) catalog of German “WoO-Werk ohne Opuszahl” works that increases the number of Beethoven’s works to 400. But each of his major works has a tremendous individuality: the introductory theme of the 5th Symphony is known on a massive level: I believe every person with an average education knows. “The Chamber of Joy” has become the anthem of the United Europe. has turned into a meeting point at the most populist concerts held anywhere that has been ruthlessly abused in all sorts of ways. But what lies beyond this popularity? At a time when the music at the end of some daily activities is randomly heard when selected due to aesthetic experiences (“I don’t like classical music but this part I like”) contact with a genius mind expressed through sound makes this discussion deeper.
But how big is the composer Beethoven?
He is the first musician to have a statue erected in Bonn just two decades after his death. A monument whose raising the most money was donated by his important pupil Franc Listi, while today children are learning piano with edits written by another of his students, Carl Cherny, who may have mastered the technique of learning. of this instrument to connect children in some way to the author of Moon Sonata, Diabetic Variations, etc. This year Beethoven turns 250 years old. To honor him, listen to his music, both in concert, in opera and on numerous recordings.