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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000053.txt from 1999/01

From: David Blumberg <reedman@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] re: Beethoven - religious- Ode to Joy - not!
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 08:08:34 -0500

Ed Lacy wrote about Beethoven:
In many cases, perhaps most cases, this certainly is true. However, for
me it is not true regarding these duets. They are very early works, and
do not even have opus numbers, meaning that they were written before his
Opus #1, before he moved from Bonn to Vienna, and before he met and
interacted with such musicians as Mozart, and before he studied with
Haydn. To me, they sound like what they are: student works. I would try
to avoid playing them in church. In my opinion, they would not do much to
inspire a congregation to contemplate the deeper mysteries.
Ed Lacy

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I watched the NJ., Symphony perform Beethoven's 9th Sym, New Years eve, and
the subtitles were broadcast on TV.
Hmmmmmmmm, ode to joy is talking about a mythical character - not very
religious in the least (at least not by a Christian standpoint). Yet I'm
sure that it is performed in churches quite a bit as a hymn. Not what
Beethoven wrote.

PS. Ed, you didn't need to apologize for misquoting me, I don't get uptight
about something as easy a mistake as that, I just wanted to set the record
straight :)
David Blumberg
reedman@-----.com
http://www.sneezy.org/david_blumberg/

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