Day 30. “Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.5 & 7” by Ludwig van Beethoven

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San Francisco trip, circa 2010.

Dun dun dun dunnnnn

Dun dun dun dunnnnn

Today I conducted Beethoven’s 5th and 7th Symphonies, in my car. It was fabulous.

 

Beethoven once said, “Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”

 

Somebody, take me to the Symphony!

It is amazing to me how much emotion is brought forth by a conductor and sleight of hand. The audience sees simply orchestrated hand movements, but the musicians see choreography.

A conductor’s “right hand holds the baton and keeps the beat. It controls tempo — faster here, slower there — and indicates how many beats occur in a measure.

The left hand, having turned over rhythmic duties to the right, serves a far more elastic purpose. Crudely put, if the right hand sketches the outlines of the painting, the left fills in the colors and textures. The right hand creates the chocolate shell of a bonbon, and the left hand fashions the filling.

 

Flying down the freeway with the sunroof back, my sub-woofer has never been so happy.

“It’s all about that BASSthoven, no treble”-Gia DiLoreto

To the weekend!! (Tomorrow I’m seeing Lettuce, live at The Observatory in North Park! Crush!)

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