it’s beethoven die klaviertrios monday!

“Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.”

Michael Bakunin, describing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

“You can’t possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh and go slow.”

Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket

The Fourth Symphony is the underrated one. Trapped between the two behemoths of the “Eroica” and the Fifth – “a slender Grecian maiden (Freyja) between two Nordic giants (the two giants being the Third “Eroica” and the Fifth),” said Schumann – it will always be underrated. Something had to go between them, though, so it might as well have been this flawless jewel.

“And so I have changed. I am no longer the person who walked in this morning. I’m something new because I experienced something new with you. This is why learning is such an exciting thing, why it shouldn’t be a drag. Every book leads you to new books. Every time you hear a piece of music, there are ten thousand new pieces it introduces you to—you listen to one Beethoven sonata, and you’re lost! You read one book of poetry, really hear it, and you’re lost! And then there are thousands of things to read, to see, to do, to touch, to feel. And each one of them makes you a different human being. So are you really what you are or are you what you are learning and what people have told you through time that you are?” Leo Buscaglia.

“And now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Beethoven’s death, I would like to play “Clear the Saloon,” er, “Clair de Lune,” by Debussy. I don’t play Beethoven so well, but I play Debussy very badly, and Beethoven would have liked that.”

Victor Borge


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) =

“I shall seize Fate by the throat; it shall certainly not bend and crush me completely.”

“Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.”

“Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.”

“Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.”

“A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.”

My misfortune is doubly painful to me because it will result in my being misunderstood. For me there can be no recreation in the company of others, no intelligent conversation, no exchange of information with peers; only the most pressing needs can make me venture into society. I am obliged to live like an outcast.

“To play without passion is inexcusable!”

“From the heart it has sprung, and
to the heart it shall penetrate…”