On this day, March 26th but in 1827, the world lost one of the greatest composers (Mozart and Beethoven are always at the top of the list of the most famous composers) of history of music, Ludwig van Beethoven.
What would be of this world, without his glorious 9 symphonies, his marvelous 5 Piano Concertos, his beautiful 32 Piano Sonatas, his exquisite 16 String Quartets, his extraordinary Missa Solemnis, his terrific Violin Sonatas, his wonderful Violin Concerto and his only opera (but whan an Opera!) Fidelio?
Known, along with Bach and Brahms as one of the “three Bs” in history of classical music, Beethoven changed the history of symphonies with two particular simphonies, first with his glorious Symphony No 3, known as “Eroica” in which marked a “before” and an “after” in history of Symphonies with the “Eroica” and later with his powerful “Symphony No 9. “Choral”in which Beethoven added “words” and gave “voices” (with Schiller’s poem “An die Freude”) to a symphony, which later inspired to many other composers like Mahler, Brahms and Bruckner.
And of course, I can not forget his “Choral Fantasy”, ” The Creatures of Prometheus”, the “Colorian overture”, “The Consecration of the House”, the “Leonore Overtures” the overtures and incidental music for “King Stephen”, “The Ruins of Athens” and “Egmont” and his also magnificent Oratorio “Christ on the Mount of Olives.
And his only opera, “Fidelio”, became a guiding light for the fight of human dignity and freedom and it was the greatest example of what Beethoven felt of humanity and his ideals of human dignity, equality and liberty for all mankind.
Beethoven was indeed, a fighter for human freedom and he expressed it so much in many of his brilliant works.
Beethoven, just like Bach and Mozart, gave so many treasures to humanity and I feel that we all are so fortunate to live in an era that we can listen to the glorious music of different composers that lived in different times, like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.
Beethoven is a treasure for humanity and , just like Mozart and Bach, Da Vinci and Michelangelo, Homer, Virgil and Dante, Cervantes and Shakespeare, Schiller, Goethe, Dickens and Victor Hugo, Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoievsky, he was out of this world and all of us, the mortals, are fortunate to have and feel and listen to the glorious music of Ludwig van Beethoven.