Based on a story narrated by the musician Enrique Baldovino
Original PPS in Portuguese from Edison de Piracicaba - Brazil ( [email protected] ) Adapted and translated from Portuguese by: Pedro & Mila Ramos / Dowerglen RSA August/07 Music: Mondscheinesonate - Ludwig Van Beethoven
Who did not have in life moments of extreme pain Who has never felt at some moment in life the desire to give up
Gate of Alcal Madrid
Who has not yet felt lonely extremely lonely and had the sensation of having lost all hope
Tower of Belem Lisbon
Not even famous rich important people are exempt from having their moments of solitude and deep bitterness.
Notre Dame Paris
It was exactly what happened with one of the most remarkable composers of all times Ludwig Van Beethoven who was born in 1770 in Bonn Germany and died in Vienna Austria in 1827.
Beethoven was going through one of these sorrowful sombre and gloomy periods. He was very sad and depressed by the death of a German prince who was his benefactor and as a second father to him.
The young composer suffered from a great lack of affection. His father was a drunkard who used to assault him physically. He died on the streets due to alcoholism.
Brandenburg Gate Berlin
His mother died very young. His biological brother never helped him and on top of it all he felt his illness was getting worse. Symptoms of deafness started to disturb him leaving him nervous and irritable.
Suleimans Mosque Istanbul
Beethoven 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.
Sacr Coeur Paris
Noticing that nobody understood and wanted to help him Beethoven withdrew into himself and avoided people. Therefore he earned the fame of being a misanthrope. For all these reasons the composer fell into deep depression. He even prepared his will saying that maybe it was better for him to commit suicide.
Tower Bridge London
But as no child of God is forgotten the helping hand Beethoven needed came through a blind young woman who lived in the same boarding house where he had moved to and who one night told him shouting at his ears: I would give everything to see the moonlight.
Listening to her Beethoven was moved to tears. After all he could see! After all he could compose music and write it in paper!
Church of Our Lady before Tyn Prague
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 .
In its main theme the melody imitates and resembles the slow steps of people possibly of Beethoven himself and others carrying the coffin of the German prince his friend patron and benefactor.
Looking at the silvery moonlit sky and remembering the blind young woman as asking the reasons for the death of his dear friend he falls into deep and profound meditation.
Some music scholars say that the notes that repeat themselves insistently in the main theme of the 1 movement of the Sonata might be the syllables of the words Warum Warum (Why Why) or another word in German of similar meaning.
St. Peters Square Vatican
Years after having overcome his sorrow suffering and pain came the incomparable Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony Beethovens 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 applause.
One of the soloists gently turned him around to see the hall full of a wildly cheering applauding and hat-waving audience. It is said the Ode to Joy expresses Beethovens gratitude to life and to God for not having committed suicide.
St. Marks Square Venice
And all this thanks to that blind young woman who inspired in him the desire to translate in musical notes a moonlit night: rays of moonlight weaving themselves in the sweet strains of a wondrously beautiful melody.
Using his sensibility Beethoven the composer who could not hear portrayed through his beautiful melody the beauty of a night bathed by the moonlight for a girl who could not see it with her physical eyes.
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