Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Beethoven Kick

It has been a long time since I have posted. I am on this huge Beethoven kick right now. Last month marked the 200th anniversary of the premier of Beethoven's 5th symphony (and less famous 6th symphony). I can't help but wonder will any of our music, today's music, survive as long as Beethoven? Not likely. South Bend Symphony will play Beethoven's 3rd symphony on Jan. 24th. This symphony was originally written in tribute to Napoleon, however after Beethoven learned of his desire to control all of Europe Beethoven crossed his name out so violently that he tore a hole in the score. He renamed the symphony Eroica "Heroic". I'm looking forward to attending this concert. I had a great Christmas and New Years. Not sure quite what my goals are for this year yet, but I think it will be a year of regrowing in music knowledge and interest. I'm also back up to four saxophone students. Looking forward to helping them to grow as musicians.

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