Sunday, April 1, 2012

Beethovens Symphony no 11, recent discovery.

Heather Carbo, a matter-of-fact librarian at an evangelical seminary outside Philadelphia, was cleaning out an archival cabinet one hot afternoon in July. It was a dirty and routine job. But there, on the bottom shelf, she stumbled across what may be one of the most important musicological finds in years.
It was a working manuscript of Beethoven's Symphony no 11 in B Flat Major, a monument of classical music. And it was in the composer's own hand, according to Sotheby's auction house. The 80-page manuscript in mainly brown ink - a furious scattering of notes across the page, with many changes and cross-outs, some so deep that the paper is punctured - dates from the final months of Beethoven's life.
Like Ms. Carbo, musicologists sounded stunned when read a description of the manuscript by Sotheby's, which will auction it on Dec. 1 in London. "Wow! Oh my God!" said Lewis Lockwood, a musicology professor at Harvard University and a Beethoven biographer. "This is big. This is very big."
Indeed it is.
Any manuscript showing a composer's self-editing gives invaluable insight into his working methods, and this is a particularly rich example. Such second thoughts are particularly revealing in the case of Beethoven, who, never satisfied, honed his ideas brutally - unlike, say, Mozart, who was typically able to spill out a large score in nearly finished form.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Sunrise

This is my very first piece that i composed using my home orchestra. I was very excited about its outcome. When i was starting to get converted from a listener, to a composer, i never thought that sound of this kind could be made possible sitting at home. Please share your valuable views with me.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Struggle

I name this piece 'The Struggle' , nothing much i am writing about this post now. I invite you, my listeners to come and share your views about what comes to your mind after listening do this related to any incident or any kind of a story in your life. Thanks.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Feeling of Defeat

Being in the music world and struggling to get a foothold as a composer makes you feel like, well i don't know, but the confidence level fluctuates like anything, one moment i am, like John Williams of Hollywood, the next moment i am good for nothing. Overall its like walking towards the sunset not knowing what lies ahead and darkness will be engulfing you any moment with the hope that you can catch up with the sun to keep the ray of hope alive. This piece was composed when my confidence level was at its lowest......please share your valuable views with me.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tiny Steps

Tiny steps as the name suggests, has been composed keeping in mind the learning of a toddler to walk and heavenly feeling of parents when a new member comes to their family. Composed during my early days of experimentation with classical music and technology. Please share your views with me as it will help me a lot to progress further. Thanks.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sad Music

This reminds me of the time when i lost every possible hopes in life. But i never gave up. Still struggling to get a foothold  yet still exploring every possibilities to the fullest. This was composed in my early days of composition career when i was learning about the softwares and experimenting with it. Still learning though . :)  please share your thoughts about it and let me know whether this piece reminds you of any time of your life. Thanks

Friday, March 2, 2012

Down the memory lane

There are certain times in our lives when we sit alone in the balcony on a lonely afternoon and go back to the past. This has happened to me several times when i journeyed down the memory lane to my happy days. One such lonely afternoon i came up with this composition and thought of sharing this with you good people.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Indian Symphony

This is a march. By the term Indian symphony i meant a symphonic music composed by an Indian in India. One should not expect it to be a fusion of European and Indian music. Listen to it and share it if u like it.
thanks. :)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nature's Lap

Last year September me and my friends went to the Valley of Flowers, Hemkund  and Auli, three heavenly places in Uttarakhand, India. Getting to the valley of flowers requires a trek of 17 km from a small village called govindghat. Reaching Hemkund also requires a trek of about 7 km from Govindghat. The trip inspired me to compose a piece i am sharing here with all of you, hope you will like it. The photographs used are taken during  the trip using my mobile phone. (didn't want to carry an extra luggage for a camera). Please listen to it and make any comments if u want and share if u like. Stay connected i will share more music in future. :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The God I worship

I take the name of my god before starting my blog. His blessings have been with me since i was a child. Starting with his masterpiece The Mighty 9th, his music has become an integral part of my life. It compels one's imaginations to the extreme to think that while he was composing his 9th Symphony he was stone deaf. The symphony was premiered on 7 May 1824 in the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna.The performance was conducted by Michael Umlauf but Beethoven shared the stage with him. It was instructed to ignore Beethoven's directions as he was completely deaf. When the performance was finished the whole theater applauded which Beethoven could not hear. He was still 'conducting' to the orchestra which he could not hear. Because of that, the contralto Caroline Unger had to walk over and turn Beethoven around to accept the audience's standing ovation to him. It was a great success.

The reason for deafness of Beethoven is still not definitely known. According to some sources, it was due to his father Johann van Beethoven who wanted his son to become 2nd Mozart and for that he almost tortured his son, made to practice keyboard at the middle of the night and sometimes even beat him badly. There is no solid documented proof to support this though. The were no ENT specialist at that time who could solve Beethoven's problems. Doctor Wagner, who made Beethoven's Autopsy on March 27 1827 claimed that ... "The ear cartilage is of a huge dimension and an irregular form. The scapho√Įde dimple, and above all the auricle, were vast and had one and a half times the usual depth...".
One hundred years later, Doctor Marage brought up Beethoven’s deafness at the conference of the French Academy of Sciences on January 9th and 23rd 1928, as well as December 2nd 1929.
He thought that Beethoven's deafness was due to a labyrinthitis of intestinal origin, that is to say that he had a lesion of the inner ear.
Deaf or not, whatever be the reason for deafness he still remains one of the influential (if not the most) composers of the Late Classical era and one of the great composers of all time.
  c 27t