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Friday, September 13, 2013

Beethoven: Unearthly Beauty

You may have read that Voyager space probe is finally leaving the solar system--the first man-made object to do so.  You may also have read at some point that it holds the so-called "Golden Record," discs created to serve as greetings to any foreign intelligence, if they can de-code it.  Featured are spoken word messages, animal sounds, and music, from Bach to Chuck Berry.  I've always known, and even written in my Beethoven book, that it features Ludwig's 5th symphony but did not know until today, thanks to Alex Ross, that it closes, aptly, with one of the most beautiful, moving and profound pieces ever written, Beethoven's "Cavatina." 

1 comment:

Laurence Glavin said...

It's not leaving the universe, but to a certain extent the solar system. There's still some stuff out there that is influenced by the gravity and emanations from the sun. It's been surmised that perturbations of these entities could dislodge them and cause them to enter the solar system. Wait...I think I've just developed the idea for a summer blockbuster!