It will generally be admitted that Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.
I’ve literally spent all day practicing/listening to/mentally orchestrating this entire sonata.
I love it from the bottom of my soul, and I can’t wait until it’s performance-ready.
Mozart tells us what it’s like to be human, Beethoven tells us what it’s like to be Beethoven and Bach tells us what it’s like to be the universe.
Today, I went with a friend to the MoMA in New York. This performance art piece was the first thing we saw. It is titled Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano (2008). Basically, a pianist comes out of a hole carved in a grand piano and plays the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, while walking. That’s right, he’s pushing a fucking piano around while playing “Ode to Joy” upside down and backwards. As per the description on the wall, “The result is a structurally incomplete version of the signature melody, played with great effort - a contradictory and ambiguous performance of a song that has long been invoked as a symbol of humanist values and national pride.” I usually don’t go for modern art, but this was incredible. I can’t even explain why I liked it so much. I just did.