Should they have named the NYC club CBLvB? Fun piece her at The Atlantic marks 200th anniversary today (which even I missed) of Beethoven's most overlooked, but still swell, symphony, number eight. I've proposed plenty of other moments of Ludwig "inventing" rock 'n roll, from the final movement of his Symphony No. 7 to the "boogie-woogie" section of his piano sonata no. 32. But this Atlantic writer finds the eighth symphony an "occasion when Beethoven, in the midst of a personal—and odd—life crisis, opted to create a work to please madcaps, jesters, and wiseasses alike." Enjoy:
Monday, February 24, 2014
Beethoven A Punk Rocker?
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