[Marxism] In Search of Beethoven

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Wed Sep 23 16:12:12 MDT 2009

On Sep 23, 2009, at 5:48 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:

> Shane Mage wrote:
>> And that is the "best of kings" adulated by
>> Beethoven, the supposed democrat.  Which is to be expected from the
>> composer of a Symphony celebrating "Wellington's Victory at the  
>> Battle
>> of Vittoria."  But didn't Beethoven tear up the dedication page of  
>> his
>> Third Symphony when he heard that Bonaparte had crowned himself
>> Emperor?  Where then, were his "democratic sympathies" when Bonaparte
>> had made himself dictator as "First Consul?"  Alas, in crowning
>> himself Emperor, Bonaparte had ended the Holy Roman Empire.  And that
>> act of lèse majesté to Beethoven's Austrian Kaiser was unpardonable.
> Sounds like Beethoven was the 19th century counterpart of Castroite
> apologists like me today! Guilty as charged.

Louis, I certainly said nothing like "Beethoven was the 19th century  
counterpart of Castroite apologists."  Quite the contrary.  If he had  
been, he certainly never would have torn up his Bonaparte dedication!

Shane Mage

> This cosmos did none of gods or men make, but it
> always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
> kindling in measures and going out in measures."
> Herakleitos of Ephesos

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