[Marxism] In Search of Beethoven
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
>> of Vittoria." But didn't Beethoven tear up the dedication page of
>> 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!
> 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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