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Musik der Aufklärung: Music of Beethoven in the Realities of Here and Now

Paper Presentation
25 August 2020
10:00 - 10:30 hrs (GMT+7)

Dr. Anothai Nitibhon, Speaker


‘Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.’


For two and a half centuries Beethoven’s music has played a major role part in countless people’s lives. His music travels beyond boundaries and times to touch the hearts of millions. We all have our own stories of his geniuses; our own Beethoven myths and impressions of his love and music. But one feature that surpasses all musical genres and cultural differences is his commitment to humanity, which always vibrates through the universe of his sounds.


Drawing inspiration from the Enlightenment era, this musical collage is a collection of reflections from 25 musicians and music enthusiasts from Thailand, each of whom has their own unique perspective on Beethoven–the man and his music–and stories of how his compositions have influenced their way of understanding the world. Together with a selection from his symphonies, concertos, overtures, sonatas, and his opera, each of the pieces in this musical collage contains hidden messages that stem from various beliefs, and divergent understandings. Yet all relate back to a fundamental, unified hope in humanity.


In the age of disruption, it might just be time for us to “dare to be wise.” Beethoven had proven within these past 250 years that his music lives on and can continue to be a constant reminder of the coexistence of the spiritual and sensual worlds.

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