Before I suspended this blog last year, a popular feature was my Sunday morning "Church of Beethoven" feature, named after two or more real-life projects in the USA where people -- many may be atheists -- actually meet in person. Beethoven himself was deeply spiritual but refused to attend church. Anyway: I revive it today with perhaps his "deepest" composition and one of the greatest written by anyone anywhere: The "Heiliger Dankesang" movement from his opus 132. One added note: It inspired T.S. Eliot to write his masterpiece "Four Quartets." I will be attending the U.S. premiere of a theater/concert piece in early December in NYC, with the actor Stephen Dillane performing the quartets followed by the Miro Quartet playing the opus 132.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The Return of the Church of Beethoven!
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @GregMitch