Tag Archives: Ludwig van Beethoven

God, what darkness…

Listening to Orpheus (14) Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera. He struggled with it and called it “the martyr’s crown”. It is the reverse story of Orpheus. Florestan is imprisoned and his wife Leonore follows him to save him. In his … Continue reading

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Orpheus entering the Hades

 Listening to Orpheus (11) The second movement of Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto is said to have been  been inspired by Orpheus entering the Hades. L v Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 G Major – II. Andante con moto, D Barenboim

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The linden tree

Listening to Orpheus (10) Today I took a photograph of the 600 years old linden tree standing  in the old courtyard of the Eroica House.  Ludwig van  Beethoven lodged there  over the summer until late autumn of 1803 and  wrote … Continue reading

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The overcoming of problems

Listening to Orpheus (8) The full spectrum…everything between abrupt and gentle, plebeian and noble – and the overcoming of controversy in a profound way. Daniel Barenboim and Jonathan Biss are conversing about Sonata No 30 on the occasion of a masterclasses … Continue reading

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A path into darkness and silence

Listening to Orpheus (5) I love this piece, even though it is so popular and many times just mis-interpreted. The story of the “Moonlight Sonata” is a bittersweet one. Beethoven fell in love with one of his students – Giuletta … Continue reading

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Do you see images when you play ?

Listening to Orpheus (4) What is important is when you play you are telling a story and the listener is getting the story. And then he goes on to demonstrate just how to do that. Daniel Barenboims masterclass on the … Continue reading

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A basic pulse

Listening to Orpheus (2) Daniel Barenboim teaching a masterclass on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. A spiritual teaching about the sound of life. Watch the intense connection between teacher, student and the spirit of Beethoven.

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Listening to Orpheus

Listening to Orpheus (0) I am about to paint a picture of Orpheus and how his spirit is a living principle in all of us. As a lead in – a propaedeutic – I will post the master class on … Continue reading

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Extremes

Daniel Barenboim’s masterclass on Beethoven. Jonathan Bliss with the final movement of the Piano Sonanta 30 )Op 109) by Ludwig van Beethoven. This is one of Beethoven’s last sonatas and a particular sublime example of his deep connection to Life, … Continue reading

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Moved by Emotions

Christ on the Mount of Olives Introduction Ludwig van Beethoven Christ on the Mount of Olives), Op. 85, is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional turmoil of Jesus in the garden ofGethsemane prior to his crucifixion. Welcome Death (Willkommen Tod) … Continue reading

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