“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” With this Nietzsche quote Ludwig van Beethoven would certainly be brought precisely to the point. Poor Beethoven probably had enough chaos in his life – not only due to the really tragic of his inexorably increasing deafness, which led him to the bold statement: “I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.” – But, it must be mentioned, Beethoven had to engage in the throat still some other tigers and pumas: in his own inner wild sides for example, who had taken him to insults such as “Baron dirt driver Faschingslump, damn music princess – do you want to teach ME? That’s just as if a pig wanted to teach the Minerva! Beethoven. point.” Chaos may have been caused by the painful rejections made by some society ladies against him. He had first approached conquering and charming but soon was offended, because the former social barriers soon torpedoed his wishes. He made music for the higher society, but not really got into it. Although the thus resulting feeling of storage may have been promoting his creativity producing “Moonlight Sonatas” – but the increasing resignation of Beethoven makes the viewer of such a life quite sad and thoughtful. Beethoven was sometimes fashionable and charming with the upper-class ladies, but at other times he was repellent and crotchety trudging through the rain, making angrily graffitis on shutters (returning frustrated from a society) – it was not just his music that digs into memory.
“Man muss noch Chaos in sich haben, um einen tanzenden Stern gebären zu können” – mit diesem Nietzsche-Zitat wäre Ludwig van Beethoven durchaus präzis auf den Punkt gebracht. Chaos hat der arme Beethoven in der Tat wohl genug in sich gehabt – nicht nur bedingt durch die ja nun wirklich tragisch zu nennende unaufhaltsam ansteigende Gehörlosigkeit, die ihn zu dem mutigen Satz veranlasste: “Ich will dem Schicksal in den Rachen greifen, ganz niederbeugen soll es mich gewiss nicht!” – sondern, es muss erwähnt werden, Beethoven hatte in die Rachen noch einiger anderer Tiger und Pumas zu greifen: in den seines eigenen Jähzorns zum Beispiel, der ihn zu Beschimpfungen greifen ließ wie: “Baron Dreckfahrer, Faschingslump, verdammtes Musikgräferl – mich belehren zu wollen, das ist gerade, als wenn die Sau die Minerva lehren wollte. Beethoven. Punkt.” Chaos mögen auch die schmerzhaften Absagen einiger Damen der Gesellschaft bei ihm bewirkt haben, denen er sich zunächst erobernd und charmant genähert hatte, die aber nach einigen Gunsterweisen sich zumeist wieder in den Rückwärtsgang versetzten, weil die damaligen gesellschaftlichen Schranken ein Hinunterneigen alsbald torpedierten. Man musizierte für die höhere Gesellschaft, gelangte aber nicht wirklich in sie hinein. Der solchermaßen entstehende Gefühlsstau mag zwar für die aus ihm resultierenden “Mondscheinsonaten” und Lieder (“An die Hoffnung”) produktionsfördernd gewesen sein – die zu erkennende grassierende Resignation Beethovens stimmt aber bereits den Betrachter eines solchen Lebens durchaus nachdenklich. Beethoven einmal modebewusst und Damen- und Welt-zugewandt, ein andermal abweisend und verbiestert durch den Regen stapfend, wütend Fensterläden beschmierend, heimkehrend von einer Gesellschaft – es war nicht nur seine Musik, die sich ins Gedächtnis eingräbt.
quotes of BEETHOVEN:
1 – What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.
2 – I want to seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.
3 – Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
4 – Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
5 – Don’t only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
6 – One clashes with stupidity of all kinds. And then how much money must be spent in advance! The way in which artists are treated is really scandalous. I am compelled to give a third of my receipts to the manager of the theatre and a fifth to the hospitals. Devil take them!
7 – The world is a king, and like a king, desires flattery in return for favor; but true art is selfish and perverse — it will not submit to the mold of flattery.
8 – I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.
9 – The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no farther.’
10 – Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
11 – I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.
12 – Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

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