PETER HÜBNER on his BEETHOVEN PROJECT
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  • Dear Musicians,

    the task today is to fulfil a legacy of our great classical composers, which Beethoven has articulated most briefly and clearly:



    “To submit oneself
    to its unfathomable laws -
    to be able to tame and direct the own mind
    by virtue of these laws,
    so that it pours out art’s revelations,
    that is the isolating principle of art;

    to be dissolved by its revelation,
    that is devotion to the Divine,
    which quietly practises its domination
    on the rage of untamed powers,
    and so makes imagination
    most effective.

    Thus, art
    always represents Divinity,
    and man's relation to it,
    is religion;

    that which we acquire through art
    is from God,
    divine inspiration,
    which sets human talent a goal
    he achieves

    ... and although the mind
    is not in control over that
    which he creates through it,
    he is nevertheless blissfully happy in this creation,
    and so every true creation of art is independent,
    more powerful than the artist himself,
    and through its appearance returns
    to the divine,
    and is only connected with man in so far
    as that it bears witness
    of the conveyance of the divine in him.

    Music is the only
    non-personified access
    to a higher world of knowledge,
    which does indeed encompass man,
    but which he is not able to grasp.”

    Beethoven



    This is the potential that Beethoven, undoubtedly in the name of all our great classical composers, sees in music, and for the interpreter this potential is a natural obligation: he is commissioned by the classical composer to exploit this potential and to convey the revelation to the music listener.





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