If it weren’t for Beethoven, I wouldn’t have survived my teenage years. His sturm und drung coupled with remarkable beauty echoed the spiritual and hormonal life of an angst ridden young man. He combined deep human reflection with complex formal structure, and profound spiritual sensitivity with rigorous musical insight.
Beethoven, while suffering from depression due to hearing loss, wrote some of most joyful and passionate music ever written.
So, today I’ll sip a strong German beer, in thankfulness to Beethoven.