Sunday, April 15, 2012
"Mad Men" Gets Beethoven-mania
Then the episode ends with a voice over of Ken reading from a story he has written under a new pen name, relating to Beethoven's struggles (before which Pete's humiliations pale). Finally, the opening of the Ninth's "Ode to Joy" section played over the credits. Proving, I dare say, what we probe in our new book--that Beethoven is everywhere in our culture today--as was apparently true in 1966. And to think, that was the summer of Blonde on Blonde.
Here's clip of ending, transcript is: "The Man with the Miniature Orchestra by Dave Algonquin. There were phrases of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony that still made Coe cry. He always thought it had to do with the circumstances of the composition itself. He imagined Beethoven deaf and soul-sick, his heart broken, scribbling furiously while Death stood in the doorway, clipping his nails. Still, Coe thought, it might have been living in the country that was making him cry. It was killing him with its silence and loneliness - making everything ordinary, too beautiful to bear."