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The Passions of Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Beethoven--A Vision of Passion
An isolated and brooding figuring, thrashing down upon a piano, lost in a fit of long hair and an outpouring of passion
Who is Ludwig Van Beethoven?
Beethoven often isolated himself as he felt no one could understand his feelings of loss
his difficult childhood and struggle to accept his deafness lead to very dark periods,
Beethoven had a tendency to fall for women that were above his social standing, making it almost impossible for him to have a true relationship with any of them
Scholars today believe that he may have had dyslexia and bipolar disorder

Passion--What is It?
Google Definition: strong and barely controllable emotion.
beyond the self
many forms: love, lust, attraction, devotion -- to other people as well as to other things
The Music
Three major periods in his musical career.
I am considering his second period to be his most important in relationship to my topic.
In this period, his music became more and more personal, dramatic, emotional and expressive.
More passionate
This is the same period in which he most likely wrote his infamous letters
At this time in his life Beethoven lost almost all desires to communicate with people--except through his compositions
His Letters
Written to his "Immortal Beloved"
these letters as well as two miniature portraits of a young lady were found in his home the day after his death
No year was placed on the letters and they were most likely never sent, however, we know they were important to Beethoven because they were found in the last of his homes meaning he brought them with him as he moved throughout his life.
scholars believe the letters were most likely intended for Antonie Brentano, who was a married woman.
Parallels Between Music and Letters
Both are clearly passionate
Both contain the "greater than myself" quality of passion
"Immortal Beloved"; "My Angel"
Both are rhythmic
Both have an all consuming quality about them
The Passions of Ludwig Van Beethoven
Reflect on the concept of passion as an expression of professional and artistic expression and how this relates to romantic love. Choose a figure from a specific period and explore the influence of romantic love and passion on their professional life. How does this relate to typical relationships in this period and how do their letters support your analysis?
Topic #5
one of the most stereotypical examples of a passionate person
musicians have a way of speaking directly to our emotions
Humanity has always placed a heavy value upon the creatives of the world, especially musicians
Ancient Greeks reguarded music so highly they created The Muses in order to protect it.
Both of these disorders in today's world would be considered possible barriers in communicating with others, which makes sense as he was a solitary man
The way we are able to best get to know Beethoven is through his passionate music and then later through the discovery of his passionate personal letters

Main Topic of Investigation = The role of passion in both Beethoven's professiconal/artistic life as well as in his perosnal/romantic life.
Passion as a means to alieviate Beethoven from his barriers in communication
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Bowden, S. (2015). Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved': a passionate or compassionate relationship?. Musical Times, 156(1931), 47-72.
Chua, D. L. (2009). Beethoven's Other Humanism. Journal Of The American Musicological Society, 62(3), 571-646. doi:10.1525/jams.2009.62.3.571
Doyle, U. (2010). Love letters of great men and women.
Grout, Donald Jay and Burkholder, J. Peter A History of Western Music, W.W.Norton, US, 2006
(n.d.). Retrieved December 05, 2017, from https://www.google.it/search?q=define%2Bpassion&oq=define%2Bpassion&aqs=chrome.0.0l6.2747j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Rossi, Melissa. “18th Century Music.” Lecture in LACLWL290-101 Love Letters of Great Men and Women with Professor Melissa Rossi, Florence University of the Arts, Florence, Italy, September-December, 2017.
Salomon, Nicoletta. “Art and Creativity.” Lecture in FAFDWP210-101 Words, Paintings, and Emotions with Professor Nicoletta Salomon, Florence University of the Arts, Florence, Italy, September-December, 2017.
Beethoven lived from 1770-1827
Beethoven was one of the greatest composers of all time, his image is the epitome of the classical composer.
He was born and raised in Germany before moving to Austria as a young adult to further his musical career.
Beethoven was born into a family of musicians. He was pushed by his father to become a child prodigy like the already famous Mozart.
He suffered from increasing hearing loss and eventually deafness. An incredibly difficult fate to accept as a professional musician and composer.

Music Looked At: Moonlight Sonata, Melody of Tears, Melody of Love
These songs seem to be more personal, especially in comparison to something more dramatic such as his symphonies
Beethoven created music in this period which is easy to connect to, something that feels familiar.
He was composing music that represented what it was to be human and to experience emotions
Listening to these songs almost feels like reading a personal letter
Beethoven's tendency to fall for a woman deeply is reflected in these letters.
his words reflect the romantic notion of giving yourself wholly to another person
there is a clear tone of devotion in his words
his letters contain a musical quality, there is a sense of rhythm amongst them.
there appears to be a sense of difficulty to fully articulate his feelings
He replicates qualities of music
"Ever Mine. Ever Thine. Ever ours."
these closing lines sound just like the last trickling notes of the piano in a song

Beethoven was a passionate introvert
He did not trust others and heart break was not uncommon in his life
There were many potential barriers in his abilities to communicate: mental illness, deafness, dyselxia.
It is because of his passionate personality that we get to see beyond those barriers
Beethoven's passions in music and romance allow us to begin to get to know him
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