|Looking toward the Symphony Hall|
Out for my usual lake loop~decided to wait for evening as the heat index is ridiculous right now. Serendipitously, my miles coincided with the Symphony Sunday in the Park and I got to hear my favourite Beethoven piece. (Well, my favourite symphonic piece. My students are always calling me out on naming songs my favourite as I have so many, so I am developing sub-categories for favs.)
Turns out that this particular piece was also a favourite of Beethoven~The work was premiered with Beethoven himself conducting in Vienna on 8 December 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. In Beethoven's address to the participants, the motives are openly named: "We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us ".
(I can only blame the above sprinkle of academia on the fact that I'm sorting and cleaning out shelves and files from graduate school. It's really too hot to think of anything other than a fan, cold drinks, and a swimming hole.)
|Just some fun twinkly lights|