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[文化博览] 【整理】文化 2008-01-15, Beethoven 贝多芬 - 07

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In 1796 or 97, Beethoven has suffered a serious illness, possibly meningitis.

“My ears continue to hum and buzz day and night,” He wrote, “I can hear sounds, it’s true, but can not make out the words.”

He first noticed that his hearing was going, when he was around 28 years of age. At the height of his early fame, producing great works, suddenly he knew his hearing was beginning to go. The doctor said don’t worry about it it’s a bit of wax, it’ll be all right. But it kept getting worse and it lasted, in fact, I mean he was not fully deaf—stone-deaf as we would call it, until his final years.

When we were little children we hear that Beethoven was deaf, so we foul that fact way early on and then we forget about it and then we forget sort of what that means to be deaf. And every now and then I think we need to reacquaint ourselves with that fact and so rethink about it and we read the Heiligenstadter Testament.

The Heiligenstadter Testament is a document which was written in 1802, after months of suicidal despair. Its name comes from the village where it was written. Beethoven had gone there for the summer to rest his ears.

Oh, you men who think or say I'm obstinate, ~ or misanthropic, how greatly you wrong me.
It was impossible for me to say to / people: “Speak louder, shout, for I am deaf.”
For how could I possibly admit weakness of the one sense which should be more perfect to me than another’s, a sense which I once possessed, in the greatest perfection,
I would have ended my life, only my art held me back.
It seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I produced all that I felt was within me

Careful dating the sketches involved revealing. For its first work he wrote after the Heiligenstadter testament.Was his otorrhea crusting the maintain village. It’s a very strange work; in that it doesn’t he will hold off a quite passion's story, like most passions like Bach's passion. He dealt the just, the aspect/ of suffering, loneliness, / isolation of Christ as he is about to be crucified at the night/ before his crucifixion. And how Christ is going to overcome all these and save the world. And this is very much like Beethoven/ feeling / his own isolation. And the other work he wrote straight after the Heiligenstadter Testament was the Eroica symphony.
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