There are few more delightful, but relaxing pieces of music invented in the history of humankind than this gem ‘from the Ludwig Van’. We were discussing in a recent post about how Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb can induce a drug-inducing ‘like’ mind-numbing state of bliss to the listener, today’s featured Concerto Ludwig Van offering is off the charts in this respect.
If Classical music doesn’t do it for you, then I beg you to just listen from 1.00 in the video below until 2.00. The transition between the sweeping Violin ensemble into the single finger piano playing is something to behold. Someone described listening to Beethoven ‘like never being alone’. I had the sensation that life couldn’t be more beautiful listening to this.
Our societies are built from music like this. Everyone in every generation should know it, if not then that is a failure on us and our societies. Us – older generations must pass this timeless music onto their children and encourage others to share it. I don’t see anyway out of the polarisation quagmire unless we have everyone on the same page at ‘what is timeless art’!
If great art now is perceived by the western press and the younger generation to be Cardi B and Thee Stallions performance at the Grammys then as a society we have regressed to such an extent it’s hard see a way back. The onus has always been on us to harness what they have garnered in life and pass it on with full gusto and influence, but somewhere in the mix of all that a leap generation didn’t get this and are sprouting pure shite.
This concerto was the last from the Van. It was written between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna. With Napoleon’s army besieging Vienna, the Austrian Imperial family and all of the court, including Beethoven’s pupil, friend, and benefactor, Archduke Rudolph, fled the city. Interestingly, when the concerto finally made light it failed to make much of an impression, but like most great art it takes time to be understood and appreciated.