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Honors Core Beethoven

Honors Core Beethoven

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Published by: Michael Daniel on Jun 08, 2007
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Michael DanielCore C – Beethoven and the Sublime2/5/2007In “Beethoven and the Sublime”, E.T.A. Hoffmann describes his love for Beethoven’s music. Hoffmann makes grand claims that Beethoven, “looked on [music]with all his love and penetrated its innermost being…,” and that the Symphony in CMinor, “leads the listener imperiously forward into the spirit world of the infinite!” Hesays that if we do not understand Beethoven in the same way that he understandsBeethoven then the misunderstanding is our fault. He says that Symphony in C Minor iseasy to play, however he says that it should not be played by people who think that musicis entertainment. He brags about being able to play certain transitions in the song frommemory.This reading has a religious tone to it. If the name, “Beethoven,” were replacedwith, “God” or “Jesus” and descriptions of Beethoven’s accomplishments were replacedwith divine miracles then this would probably make a good sermon at most churches.“Beethoven and the Sublime” should be analyzed as prose. It is not somethingthat I recognize as an academic writing. If ARQed, as an academic writing should be,then this has no merit. It makes baseless glittering generalities (see paragraph one) anddoes not even attempt to support its claims with evidence.If I analyze this as I would analyze prose, I can tell you that Hoffman is a goodwordsmith. He uses a flowery vocabulary and his writing has a nice flow to it. Hedescribes the profound impact that Beethoven’s music has had on him. The music haseffected him so much that he seems to feel an intimacy with the musician. If other peopledon’t understand Beethoven in the same way that Hoffman understands Beethoven then it

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