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Quote for the Week

Beethoven Free CROPPED

Musik höhere Offenbarung ist als alle Weisheit und Philosophie. (“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”)

–Ludwig van Beethoven, as reported by Bettina von Arnim in a letter to Goethe, 28 May 1810, Goethe’s Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde: Seinem Denkmal, Volume 2, Dümmler, 1835, p. 193; courtesy of Wikiquote

Movie Night: Immortal Beloved

A movie about Beethoven, starring Gary Oldman.

Some Beethoven for the Weekend

Some Music for Friday (and last Friday, too!)




I forgot, alas, to make the usual music post last Friday.  To make up, I’m putting some extra in today.  Enjoy!

Beethoven for Finals Week, Last Day: The Glorious Ninth

Beethoven for Finals Week: Symphonies 7 and 8

Had to do the Eighth movement by movement.  Also, last year I must have started this series on a Sunday instead of a Monday, since I’m having to repost two for today.  Nevertheless, enjoy.

Beethoven for Finals Week: The 6th Symphony

Pastoral.  Try not to think of Smurfs.

Beethoven for Finals Week: 4th and 5th Symphonies

I couldn’t find a single video of the whole Fourth, nor could I get all movements from the same performance.  Also, the Fifth deserves a day of its own, but if I don’t double up here I won’t get the week done right.  Oh, well.  It’s still Ludwig Van’s symphonies, so it’s OK.

Beethoven for Finals Week: The Third Symphony

Eroica deserves a day to itself.

Beethoven for Finals Week: Symphonies 1 and 2

I’m reposting the series I did for finals week awhile back–I think it’s worth making it a tradition!

Today begins finals week at the college where I teach.  I heard several years ago that one of the Ivy League colleges had a tradition of playing Beethoven’s symphonies back-to-back over the college radio station to end finals week.  Well, I’m not Ivy League, and this isn’t radio, but I thought I’d post all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies between now and Friday.  Since that’s only six days, I’ll have to double up three times.  I’ll reserve Friday for the Ninth, which deserves a day all to itself.  Today I’m posting the First and Second.  To all out there, whether you’re taking finals this week or not (whether you’re even in school or not, for that matter), enjoy!