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First post - Ludwig the rapist

I hope it's ok to include an attack on a long-deceased person, as I could not resist musicologist Susan McClary's quote on Beethoven:

The point of recapitulation in the first movement of the Ninth is one of the most horrifying moments in music, as the carefully prepared cadence is frustrated, damming up energy which finally explodes in the throttling murderous rage of a rapist incapable of attaining release.

More info at Soccer Dad link. Reading more about her, it seems she is a very well-known musicologist and author of a collection of essays called Feminine Endings (so-called after the term used for pieces that do not end on a downbeat)

Of course she was bawled out from all directions, derided as a loony feminist, and toned down the sentence for a later edition, but I suspect there's something to her argument - I'm listening to the first movement of the Eighth Symphony and those weirdly accented triplets definitely remind me of something...;-)


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Jul. 29th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
HOLY CRAP. Rapist?!
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