Who has not had in life moments of extreme pain? Who has never felt, at some moment, the desire to give up? Who has not yet felt lonely, extremely lonely, and felt the sensation of having lost all hope?
Not even famous, rich, important people are ex-empt from having their moments of solitude and deep bitterness. This was exactly what happened to one of the most remarkable composers of all times – Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Beethoven was going through one of these sorrowful, sombre periods. He was sad and depressed by the death of a German prince, who was his benefactor and a second father to him.
At that time, symptoms of deafness started to disturb him, leaving him nervous and irritable. He could only hear using a kind of horn-shaped trumpet in his ear. He always carried with him a notebook, where people could write and so communicate with him. But they did not have patience for this, nor him to read their lips.
Noticing that nobody understood and wanted to help him, Beethoven withdrew into himself. He increasingly avoided people and earned him fame for being a misanthrope. For all these reasons the composer fell into a long and deep depression. He prepared his Will, saying that maybe – it was better for him to commit suicide.
But no child of God is forgotten. The helping hand Beethoven needed came through a blind young woman named Constance who lived in the same board-ing house he had moved into. Then one night, shouting at his ears she told him: “I would give everything to see the moonlight.”
Both lived in their own worlds of darkness. But listening to her, Beethoven was moved to tears. After all, he could see! After all, he could compose music and write it in paper!
BEAUTY OF DARKNESS REVEALED
Looking at the silvery moonlit sky, and remember-ing the blind young woman, as asking the reasons for the death of his dear friend, he falls into deep and profound meditation. A strong will to live came back to Beethoven and led him to compose one of the most beautiful pieces of music of all times: “Mondscheinsonate” – “Moonlight Sonata”.
It is when the lights of earth are dimmest that we can see the stars. Using his sensibility, Beethoven, the composer who could not hear, portrayed, through a serene melody, the beauty of a night bathed by the moonlight, for a girl who could not see it with her own physical eyes.
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Years after having overcome his sorrow, suffering and pain, came the incom-parable “Ode to Joy” from his “Ninth Symphony”. It was to be his magnum opus, which crowned the life work of this remarkable composer. He conducted the first performance himself in 1824, and by then being totally deaf, failed to hear the resounding applause of his audience.
One of the soloists gently turned him around, to see the cavernous hall full of wildly cheering, applauding, and hat-waving people. It is said the “Ode to Joy” expresses Beethoven’s gratitude to life and to God, for not having com-mitted suicide.
And all this thanks to one blind young woman, who inspired in him the desire to translate, in musical notes, a moonlit night: rays of moonlight weaving them-selves in the sweet strains of a wondrously beautiful melody.