Friday, March 2, 2012

When My LvB Obsession Began

As I reveal in our new book, my Beethoven obsession in recent years was (oddly enough) triggered by a single, brief mention of his Appassionata in my favorite film of the past decade, the Academy Award winning German movie, The Lives of Others.   The central character in the film, an East German playwright under investigation by the Stasi, plays a bit of a piano piece and then says to his lover that Lenin once remarked that if he kept listening to the Appassionata he would never be able to finish the revolution (that is, engage in brutal acts).  The Stasi man monitoring the conversation, moved by the music and the comment, decides to become a "good man."  Watch it here:

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