For several hundred years, Beethoven's image as a great genius struggling with unfavourable criticism, a lack of family warmth and a progressive disease has been established. A composer bravely standing on the barricades in the war of new times with the old era. Whether it is romantic ecstasy, or ideological work, or social revolution - everyone is eager to take Beethoven as a military standard. It is worth remembering that behind each image there is a real man with his vices and virtues.
And Beethoven was an extremely colourful character in this respect. We know that he threw the plate at the waiter, looked lofty at the countesses begging him on their knees to sit down at the piano and play for them, or rebuked an aristocratic friend that maybe there are many princes, but there is only one Beethoven. We can add that he once wrote some remarks to his proofreader about his work: "Idiot! It's like a pig correcting Minerva! "
Beethoven's other problem was that he constantly changed apartments. Statistically, he moved once every six months. Over the years, he paid less and less attention to his appearance, and because of the worn-out cylinder, a casually worn coat and the eustachian tube protruding from his pocket, he began to be perceived as a freak. Even when he met the imperial couple, he expected that crowned heads would bow to him, and not the other way around.
The ballet ‘Creations of Prometheus’ and Symphony No. 5 are further pieces in the epic current of Beethoven's work. When we hear their sounds (and especially the theme of the Symphony, about which he said: "so destiny knocks on the door"), let us recall how a fascinating man composed them. Unsurpassed in his genius, but no less colourful in his everyday life.
Bamberger Symphoniker I BEETHOVEN 250
Symphony HallFilharmonia im. Mieczysława Karłowicza w Szczecinie
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