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Old 02-09-2018, 10:00 PM   #41
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Seeing as this is an old thread, I do hope this post finds you somewhere out there.
It did, friend. As a catalyst event, it "hit the spot"!
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #42
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When I opened it I thought PDG had returned to the fold!
Well, hello Michael. How on earth have you survived without me for so long? I hope you are keeping well. God speed...
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:07 PM   #43
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It was PDG who started this thread many years ago. A true Beethoven fan, for some reason he hated (or so he claimed) the composer's folksong arrangements.
So, I just came across this news item about a current performance of these works (roughly 140 of them!) in the Beethovenhaus in Bonn.
If you're out there, PDG, this is for you:

http://www.dw.com/en/bthvn-week-expl...sic/a-42306468
Thanks, Michael, I will of course listen with great interest. Might be best though to do that before I get my ears de-waxed, rather than after...
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Still lurking, Peter, but never with menaces...I hope you're well...
Thank you PDG and it's good to see this resurrected thread has attracted you like a moth to the lamp!
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:32 AM   #45
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It's an amazing feeling to actually "get" Beethoven for the first time, instead of following what everyone else tells you about him. And then to step off the beaten path a bit and listen to his less popular works.

Somehow, I thought of this quote:

"...meaningless blur of disco beats, hip-hop samples, jingles, and ringtones. Can Beethoven ever elude the fate of monumental meaninglessness to which he seems consigned?"
Article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...deus-ex-musica

I know it's not like that here, good thing. I guess part of what drew me to Beethoven was realizing how much his music reflected the dynamic person that he was--someone who was simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary.
I think 'simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary' is an excellent way of putting it! This is true of all great artists, often very flawed people (like us all) with unexplainable and phenomenal creative power (unlike most of us!).
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