Saturday, December 16, 2006

Ludwig Van-athon

Marking the 236 anniversary, today, of the birth of Ludwig von Beethoven, perhaps the world's greatest composer (no, I don't mean the Western World's ... I mean the World's), whose music has managed to transcend centuries and continents, philosophies and conflicts, to entertain us and inspire us. Throughout the day, I am listening to his collected symphonies, a boxed set of records (yes, records) produced by Deutsche Grammaphone, and performed by Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic, back in the 70s.

I find myself listening, and wondering ... is there another Beethoven out there ... or a Bach, a Mozart or a Brahms? There are some gifted classical composers out there ... but ...

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