THE MOONLIGHT SONATA
When you hear some of the hypnotic symphonies by Ludwig Beethoven, it's hard to believe that he was partially deaf when he composed them. But they are compelling because of the hardships the musician had endured. His music erupted from pain. It was an escapism from a difficult family life. But instead of embodying suffering as a theme, Beethoven chose to reﬂect beauty through his music. One particular piece became famously known as "Beethoven's Melody of Humanity" for its portrayal of man's ascendence towards the light of reason. A work which earned him the respect of music pioneers such as Joseph Haydn, who Beethoven had the pleasure of working with in Vienna at just 21. Under the supervision of Hayden, Beethoven succeeded in producing work of extraordinary power. But he insisted on developing his own style, refusing to allow his teacher the opportunity of influencing the direction his music should take. As a result his music was a provocative ﬂuctuation between rage and softness, melancholia and happiness, an improvisation of youth, and a portrayal of the ideals of Enlightenment. Music aﬁcionados in Vienna loved his ferocious uncaged spirit, and in just a few years he was one of the city's most notable composers. However, one of the rare occasions when Beethoven did write a piece of pure seduction, is when he was trying to pour his heart out to a woman he fell in love with. The sensuous heart-melting melody was dedicated to his pupil Contessa Giulietta Guicciardi, whom he was romantically linked to in 1801. It was titled "Sonata of Fantasy" but later became known as The Moonlight Sonata. It is a silky expression of emotions. fuelled by love, without words. And in a typical Beethoven style, the melodies he wrote highlight the fundamental fact that music as an artistic expression is felt not heard, lived not understood.