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Beethoven Composed this in Vienna when he was already deaf. The worst thing that can happen to a musician. He was "mad" in composing the fifth and angry against the destiny.
With this Pastorale that tells a story about a group of people going out for a "picnic" and getting caught by a storm, and then the sun comes out again, the German born (adopted by the Austrian courts) composer seemed to have made peace with himself and nature who was a bit too hard on him by taking away the only sense he really needed to enjoy his writings.

I am sure that he "heard it " anyway in his head. Still I believe that he taught me a great life lesson about "passion2 for what one does in his life. It doesn't matter what obstacle you will enconter while pursuing your dream, as long you take to the final step.
I heard this story on my way to work tonight and I wanted to share it with everyone here on +Google+ and in particular with the "Queen of Sharing" +Eileen McAllister

And also with +Robert Redl who lives in such a wonderful City that gave birth and adopted some of the best musicians ever lived like Mozart and Beethoven himself who was born in Germany but lived his best times in Vienna as he was kept there by the Royals of his times (he was given a salary of 6000 "fiorins" in 1808 in a time where 500fiorins were good enough to live well in Vienna).
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destiny ensues.. a little while earlier I saw this (I know, it's cruel, but funny, hehe), and tomorrow it will definitely be a picnic with shaky weather for me...
+pio dal cin I studied every note of the 5th in a Music Appreciation class in 1962. That ruined it for me. I love the 3rd and 7th. However, I also like the Pastoral and all of the others!
he probably means that she studied it so hard, and not by his own will, that he didn't really enjoy it...?
+pio dal cin +Ivano Forgione It was way too much analysis. The rest of the class was actually fun. I first learned of Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis from Ralph Vaughan Williams. That is truly divine! It was prominently featured in the 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World when one of the crewman falls off the ship. He is clinging to a mast in very heavy seas and is still acting as an anchor to the ship since it is still connected by ropes. They cut the ropes to save the ship.
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