Sunday, June 26, 2011
Something Truly Amazing and Beautiful
Imagine that for a moment. Your entire life is music, and in the middle of your career you begin to go deaf. It would be as if your life were cooking and you lost the use of your hands, or if your passion was reading and you lose the power of sight.
What is amazing is that Beethoven continued to compose and perform music even after he had lost the power to hear. It might not be something that we think about often past the superficial notion that the fact that he could do that is ridiculously amazing. But here was a man so dedicated to the art of music, so passionate about creating something beautiful that he was willing to continue to give it to the world although he would never physically hear it himself.
This piece, Beethoven's String Quartet 132, mvt 3 is nothing short of amazing. Beethoven's music reproduces a sort of maturity of the human experience, emotions that are not overly passionate but still complex. It should be noted that by the time he composed this piece he was, indeed, completely deaf.
This is what it means to be human: to give something beautiful to this horrifying world even when its beauty will never befall your own physical sense.