Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. — Ludwig van Beethoven 音樂的啟示高於一切智慧和哲理。──路德維希.范.貝多芬 | jy.catholic.org.hk

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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. — Ludwig van Beethoven 音樂的啟示高於一切智慧和哲理。──路德維希.范.貝多芬

刊登日期: 2013.05.05
作者: Grace Tse  

Even if you don’t play the piano, you will still have heard of the name and the music of the talented classical music composer Ludwig van Beethoven. To many people, music is an essential part of their life. What kind of music do you like? What can music give you? Music has a special power to change our mood, and even help u s c o n c e n t r a t e . I n B e e t h o v e n ’s v iew, m u s i c c o u l d g i v e him i n s p i r a t i o n and motivation that were greater than human wisdom or philosophy. 

Beethoven (1770 - 1827) was born in Germany. He showed his mus ical talents at an early age and his first piano i n s t r u c t o r was h i s father. When he was nine years old, he began to learn from a court organist. Later, he moved to Vienna, and started to learn the violin and studied under the famous composer Joseph Haydn. 

By his twenties, he began to lose his hearing. Despite his hearing problem, he continued to compose music. Many of his important works, including “The Ninth Symphony” (《第九交響曲》), were composed during this period. 

Beethoven composed symphonies, concertos for piano, piano sonatas, string quartets, and chamber music. Can you name a few famous ones? They include “The Fifth Symphony”, “Moonlight Sonata” (《月光奏鳴曲》), and “Für Elise” (《給愛麗絲》). 

Beethoven is considered as the predominant figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music. He still remains one of the most influential figures in the history of music. 


Glossary

 

Classical music composer: 古典音樂作曲家
Piano instructor: 鋼琴導師
Court organist: 宮廷風琴手
Concertos: 協奏曲
String quartets: 弦樂四重奏
Chamber music: 室內樂
Classical era: 古典主義時期
Romantic era: 浪漫主義時期

 

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