Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Beethoven 250: The ultimate song of health after illness
This is supposedly a big year for Western music history. Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Indeed, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. He was taught composition when he was ten and published his first work in 1783. He moved to Vienna in 1792 and was acquainted with famous composers like Joseph Haydn, a renowned violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, and Beethoven’s life-long financial supporter, Prince Lobkowitz, all of whom gave their part of the influence on Beethoven’s works. He wrote most of his famed works before 1812 despite his deafness and The French invasion of Vienna. Then he went into a difficult emotional period until 1822. During his final years between 1823 and 1826, he composed his most acclaimed works, including the ninth symphony and his late string quartettes, one of which is Opus 132, string quartet #15 in A minor. The third movement of the quartet, Molto adagio – Andante (F Lydian), is accompanied by his note, "Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der Lydischen Tonart" (Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian mode. What kind of music is it?
Enjoy reading the article about what this holy song of thanksgiving by Beethoven is.
For those who aren’t familiar with this movement, try this first; Eschner String Quartet