Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is arguably history’s greatest single artistic achievement. The Sistine Chapel comes to mind, but Michealangelo wasn’t blind when he painted it.
Begun in 1818, completed in 1824 incorporating the poetry of his friend, poet Freidrich Schiller, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony managed to be both popularly accessible and artistically groundbreaking simultaneously. Never before had a symphony incorporated a chorale, employing what was once the preserve of sacred music into a secular message. Never before had anyone written a chord like the one that opens the climactic 4th movement. The musical architecture and sub structures, the themes and variations, the self referencing melodies, the chorale, the message…it’s a work of unimaginable depth and virtuosity . And, if the work itself isn’t extraordinary enough, consider that Beethoven was deaf when he wrote it, deaf when he conducted the world premiere.
Beethoven remains my most admired artist of all time. Symphony #9 remains my most admired composition of all time. This painting, reproducing bars 1-8 of the first movement in a stylistic tip-of-the-cap to Mark Rothko, is my homage to this Great work of Art.
acrylic on canvas 30 x 40
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