Ludwig van Beethoven: Some Personal Musings

Vinyl for Beethoven's Sinfonie Nr. 5 c-moll
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In just over a week Mr. Wapojif (that’s me) will be attending his first Beethoven concert.

It also happens to be his best—the Ninth Symphony. And, boy, is he (that’s me) excited.

I am so excited I actually consider myself to be in direct contact with Ludwig van Beethoven. When one listens to his music (seriously blast it into you skull with fantastic earphones) then you really do understand what genius is about.

It’s as if YOU are a genius all of a sudden. And here at Professional Moron we most certainly are not geniuses. We’re total morons.

My Musings on Beethoven

Now, unfortunately, Beethoven is still dead. He has been since 1827.

The general perception of the man is that he was deaf and very moody, but look beneath the myths and you find a popular man who had close friends throughout his productive life.

He’s still enormously popular and hugely respected; most would say his symphonies are the best the world has ever seen.

Even though our very own Mr. Truman Trumanson would argue Mozart‘s efforts were superior (and Mr. Wapojif, that’s me, would agree) there’s no denying Beethoven’s staggering genius.

There have been some spin-offs from his name—and several films.

Most notably, perhaps, was the Gary Oldman flick Immortal Beloved from 1994. Here’s the trailer.

Now, Mr. Oldman has pretty much played everyone ever in his film career:

  • Sid Vicious
  • Bert Bacharack (possibly, I might have dreamt that)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Bob Geldof
  • The Queen
  • Nancy Sinatra
  • The Elephant Man
  • Justin Bieber
  • Jedward
  • Steven Seagul
  • Atilla the Hun
  • Genghis Khan
  • Kublai Khan
  • Marco Polo
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Keith Moon
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Richard Dawkins

You get the idea. Beethoven has to be one of his least known roles, yet he’s playing a man virtually everyone has heard of.

Even those who listen to dance and rap have heard of Beethoven. This is the man’s brilliance shining through.

He can actually get into people’s stupids heads—morons who listen to Justin Bieber or Jedward. Few other musicians have such an impact.

And then, of course, there was 1992’s Beethoven about a chaotic dog. The film also starred Mulder from the X-Files, presumably before he got the gig at the FBI.

Needless to say the film’s absolutely awful, man, but it is a kid’s movie we guess. Best not watch it, though.

Instead listen to Beethoven’s 8th, or 7th, or 9th. Type “Beethoven’s 8th 3rd Movement” into YouTube and watch piano ace Murray Perahia thrash out the piece at lightning speed.

Most thrilling stuff, guy. Most thrilling stuff indeed.

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