His Symphony No. 3 is in the same key (D minor) as Beethoven's 9th and makes substantial use of thematic ideas from it. The slow movement of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 uses the A–B–A–B–A form found in the 3rd movement of Beethoven's piece and takes various figurations from it.
In 1801 Beethoven confessed to his friends at Bonn that he was afraid he was slowly going deaf. At Heiligenstadt in 1802 he wrote a famous text expressing his disgust at the unfairness of life: that he, a musician, could become deaf was something he did not want to live through. This however was not an option for Beethoven.
-After he went completely deaf, Beethoven composed magnificent piano sonatas, string quartets and the 9th symphony-After age 44, Beethoven was completely deaf and he could not perform piano in public or conduct effectively-Beethoven initially used ear trumpets to hear, and he used notebooks to communicate with people in writing
The only sign of life was a slight wriggling of his tail. But no sooner had he returned to his element than he darted to the bottom, swimming round and round in joyous activity. He had made his leap, he had seen the great world, and was content to stay in his pretty glass house under the big fuchsia tree until he attained the dignity of froghood.
Beethoven's monumental 9th symphony and his Missa Solemnis, music's absolute pinnacle, were composed while he was deaf. That's akin to Michelangelo painting the Sistine chapel completely blind!!!!! Reply to this comment »
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He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity and he developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name), distinct from the material Earthly City.