OPINION: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Animated Video

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IRSHAD SALIM: Truly not a reflection of the going on’s in some parts of the country by the misguided and the miscreants as they take things to a roller coaster ride level –almost to the brink, then swinging back, and again go for a spin and return from the abyss, until their expected fallout from the mainstream becomes evidently clearer second by second in the video and day by day here –the musical mayhem video has so perfectly ending with. See below Beethoven’s (renowned German composer and virtuoso pianist) 5th Symphony correlated with this week’s events following attempts to impose ‘rule of law’ by the top court.

The 5th Symphony is one of the best-known compositions, and one of the most frequently played symphonies.

The symphony’s opening motif in particular, are known worldwide, with the motif appearing frequently in popular culture, from disco versions to rock and roll covers, to uses in film and television becoming popular under “Schicksals-Sinfonie” (symphony of destiny).

The great angry young composer was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Classical music and remains one of the most recognized and influential of all.

There were not two, three or many Beethoven’s then. The real Beethoven wrote a new norm, played differently and his compositions became music to the ear. Society listened aptly. Patience and tolerance was practiced within the concert halls and carried out.

We are not there yet, unfortunately we have many wannabes though, and theyr’e all competing among themselves while the real one is out there screaming and yelling but we all are in denial.

Is our Beethoven Imran Khan, Khadim Rizvi, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Tariq Jamil, Siraj ul Haq, or et al? I don’t know. My hearing just as many of us’ hearings, have begun to deteriorate though. But we are no Beethovens.

The latest news is Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook has left Pakistan fearing for his safety, while the ‘Father of Taliban’ Maulana Samiullah has been assassinated, and TLP head Khadmim Rizvi has been sort of given a shut up call. And all this time PM Khan was in Beijing seeking a bailout package to pay country’s debts his government did not create, others did.

What a pity. 5th Symphony’s animation looked more relevant for few perceptible moments on Friday 2nd November.

By late 20s Beethoven’s hearing began to deteriorate and by the last decade of his life he was almost completely deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

He is reported to have lost his hearing from a fit he suffered in 1798 induced by a rage at the interruption of his work—having fallen over, he got up to find himself deaf. His hearing only ever partially recovered and, during its gradual decline, was impeded by a severe form of tinnitus–the perception of noise or ringing in the ears.

Over time, Beethoven’s hearing loss became profound: at the end of the premiere of his Ninth Symphony in 1824, he had to be turned around to see the tumultuous applause of the audience because he could hear neither it nor the orchestra.

Sources show Beethoven had a disdain for authority and for social rank. He stopped performing at the piano if the audience chatted amongst themselves, or afforded him less than their full attention. At soirées, he refused to perform if suddenly called upon to do so. Eventually, after many confrontations, it was decreed that the usual rules of court etiquette did not apply to Beethoven. But that was out of vast acceptance of a new social order shaping Europe of which men like him trail blazed in all spheres.

Fast forward 2008’s onward: As a society, we have unwittingly created some Beethoven’s –with the media spearheading the creation of them even as a “larger than life” sized figures to listen to and accept, but in the wrong domain though: Politics, Religio-politics, etc.

Unlike Beethoven’s growing up to become an icon to listen to, hear, understand and accept with pindrop silence, our transitioning thanks to the wannabe Beethovens, faces impediments, brickbats, blazing tires, junked cars and stealing spree of a banana cart, etc.

While his music features twice on the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record containing a broad sample of the images, common sounds, languages, and music of Earth, sent into outer space with the two Voyager probes, we have us silenced by our Beethovens cacophonies on the media, the web, social media, etc. and reluctantly many real Beethovens being converted into stranded assets.

Nadeem Paracha could satirize this matter. It’s his domain I can’t delve in without having eggs on my face. Beethoven’s 250th anniversary is in 2020.

(The writer is a Pakistani-American business & construction consultant, analyst, and Editor-in-Chief of PKonweb, DesPardes and BE2C2 Report)

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