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Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770-1827

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Ludwig Van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

Beethoven was a Music Deva. His works are thunderous, and they clamor for attention. His music has high power currents. Beethoven speaks of mysticism in his music. He was one of the sons of thunder, and his great vision of perhaps the Warrior Angels of might came through many of his symphonies.
bioReverend Flower A. Newhouse, The Mystical Experience

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras.

Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770, in Bonn, Germany. He was an innovator, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet, and combining vocals and instruments in a new way. His personal life was marked by a struggle against deafness, and some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was quite unable to hear.

Beethoven's Father was draconian with his insistence on his son becoming a musician. On a near daily basis, Beethoven was flogged, locked in the cellar and deprived of sleep for extra hours of practice. Beethoven was a prodigiously talented musician from his earliest days and displayed flashes of the creative imagination that would eventually reach farther than any composer's before or since.

The fact Beethoven composed his most beautiful and extraordinary music while deaf is an almost superhuman feat of creative genius, perhaps only paralleled in the history of artistic achievement by John Milton writing Paradise Lost while blind. Summing up his life and imminent death during his last days, Beethoven, who was never as eloquent with words as he was with music, borrowed a tagline that concluded many Latin plays at the time. "Plaudite, amici, comoedia finita est," he said. "Applaud friends, the comedy is over." Beethoven died in 1827 at the age of 56.

Radio Kamer Filharmonie, AVROTROS Klassiek

Flower shared that the four notes that come at the very opening of the symphony are an Angel call. This symphony is a very good selection for tuning in to the Devas and their calls. The music emanates royal purple, interwoven with saffron. The music comes forth like great waves that envelops the listener.

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