Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament

Allegretto, Sonata No. 17 L. Beethoven (1770-1827) “Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley” Andante R. Lithgow (1605-1666) In 1802, 32 years old, the inescapable reality of his deafness finally silently crashing in on him (in an era before hearing aids, lip-reading or sign language*), Beethoven wrote a letter to his two brothers: “Oh, you who think…

Trying NOT to be Something You ARE…

“A Leaf in the Wind” W. Zeitler “There’s a Longing” Interlude D. Pole (1692-1751) Most questions in Life, the Universe and Everything don’t fall into simple True/False categories. As much as I would have liked all my school exams to be entirely True/False questions, my teachers were too smart for that! But Science claims it…