Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Glower

Beethoven - Tower Grove Park

Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt? From this guy? Why does Beethoven glower in almost any depiction of him, lips pursed into a frown, chin downward? He had lofty ideals and unmatched art but still had a hard life. Imagine a musician of this caliber going stone deaf. He was a romantic, both with big and small R, and wanted very much to marry. Never found Fraulein Right. And even now, I don't think anyone really understands the late string quartets.

So there he is, still glowering from a pedestal in Tower Grove Park. Poor guy.

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7 comments: said...

We may not understand his late string quartets, but everyone understands the universal language of Ode to Joy.

I am the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Symphony. At our Board meeting a few days ago we went over the program for next season, and we are opening the season with Beethoven's 9th, by popular demand.

Olivier said...

bel effet avec le lens baby et ce vignettage

cieldequimper said...

Now I think I'll take the triple concerto with me in the car.
I love how you focussed on the name.

Word verification: swoon. That's probably what I'll do.

Birdman said...

Mysterious often finds genius.

brattcat said...

Ha, when I read your title I thought we were going to see something that glowed. And perhaps we do glow when we're listening to the work of this complicated man.

Virginia said...

Well I smile when I listen!

U "R" Us said...

A little bit of the old Ludwig Van.