[Marxism] In Search of Beethoven
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Wed Sep 23 19:54:26 MDT 2009
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From: "Ian Pace" <ian at ianpace.com>
IP: I can hardly think of anything I've read on Beethoven (and I've read a
great deal) that *doesn't* claim that this work is awful.
That's because it is a truly awful piece. That it made money, and brought
Beethoven acclaim is the result of public, political, sentiment.
IP: that's not a view I adhere to, thinking instead that some seeds of his
late style (but pre- the late quartets) were sown there. A move away from
individualistic bourgeois heroism towards militarism.
Warning! Linear correspondence between music and politics being attempted!
The ship will self destruct in T minus 5 minutes.
IP: The whole conception of 'genius' has come under sustained scrutiny by
recent Beethoven scholars.
Again his genius, his troublemaking is in his music-- his "violation" and
recomposition of the "rules" of harmony, melody, rhythm. I don't see any
reason or need to argue about that.
IP: I don't really accept that the music doesn't in itself constitute a
form of politics.
T minus 10, 9, 8, 7,...................
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