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Victoria Campbell
Humanities 112 World Cultures II
Nancy Pettigrew
December 2, 2012

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My uncle loves almost all kinds of music. I want to do something really special for him this year for his birthday since he is turning fifty! I think it would be pretty cool to have a special piece of music composed in honor of him at his birthday party since he is so fond of music. My uncle has three favorite composers which of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach. I think I may write a letter to Beethoven’s agent because out of all three composers, he happens to be someone my uncle enjoys and listens to the most. Ludwig van Beethoven is an extraordinary composer. One thing that is very interesting is that at a very young age he composed his first original symphony. He was a child prodigy and I think that may be a reason I enjoy his music so much. Another extraordinary think about Beethoven is that his hearing was deteriorating but yet he still wrote such beautiful music. The Fifth Symphony is my uncle’s favorite composition. It “brings musical forms to the triumph of art over death, fear and pain.” (P. 908) The reason I am choosing Beethoven is really because of the meaning behind the Fifth Symphony. My uncle suffered a major stroke almost a year ago and when this happened he experienced fear, pain, and almost death. He lost all feeling in his left arm. He had a fear of losing functions, a fear of never seeing his family and a fear of death. He was in pain throughout physical therapy and he felt pain as he was having the stroke. He did not die, but he was close to it because if would of waited any longer, he would of become brain dead. He overcame his fears, pain and death and was triumphant as he succeeded through physical therapy and regained a normal life. My uncle and this symphony have a lot in common and that is the reason why I would want Beethoven to write the special piece for my uncle. Beethoven’s music is very beautiful and something that regardless of the culture would enjoy! “Although Beethoven wrote many beautiful and lyrical melodies, another radical innovation of his music, compared especially to that of Mozart and Haydn, is his extensive use of forceful, marked and even stark rhythmic patterns throughout his compositions and, in particular in his themes and motifs, some of which are primarily rhythmic rather than melodic.” ("Beethoven,") Compared to Mozart, Beethoven used stark rhythmic patterns. One interesting part of the Fifth Symphony is that it “ends with one of the longest, most thrilling conclusions Beethoven ever wrote.” (P. 908) Beethoven seems to be a good choice for my uncle’s birthday celebration; let’s hope his agent can be convinced. Mozart and Bach are both wonderful composers, but just do not compare to Beethoven in my eyes in regards to the situation at hand. Mozart did write his first original composition at a very young age as well, but the meaning of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has a special meaning pertaining to my uncle and his experience, and that is why I did not choose Mozart. I happen to enjoy Mozart a little bit more, but it is about my uncle. Mozart does have a lot to offer, but his “music was generally regarded to as overly complicated, too demanding emotionally and intellectually for a popular audience to absorb.” (P. 821) Mozart in my opinion does not have an emotional connection to my uncle as Beethoven does. “Mozart’s best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery.” ("Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,")With that being said, Mozart does seem to be fitting as well, but I am going to still go with Beethoven. Johann Sebastian Bach had a lot happen to him as a child, but that did not stop him from composing wondering music. Again, the reason I am choosing Beethoven is because of the emotional connection to my uncle, which is no way meant to insult anyone. It is very interesting to see...
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