God created music in all its beauty and splendor and gave it to humanity. What better offering have we than to give the gift of music up to our Father.
"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." - Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Joseph Karl Stieler - "Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis.
Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770 - March 26, 1827) was a German composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras.
Widely considered to be among the greatest, if not the greatest composer of Western music, he was also a pianist of legendary virtuosity who shaped the future course of piano technique. Despite his encroaching deafness, which began in early adulthood and left him completely deaf in his last decade, his compositions include some of the most famous and enduring music ever written. Coming at the peak of the Viennese Classical style, Beethoven set a high standard for the composers of the next two generations, especially in the genres of the piano sonata and the symphony.
Beethoven wrote in notebooks about God and during the agonizing onset of his deafness. He emphasized his nearness and understanding of suffering. Beethoven also frequently wrote religious titles on his compositions: "Grateful thanks to the Almighty after the storm," "Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity."
When completely deaf, Beethoven heard his "music only in his head, and what he heard was often mystical, cosmic, boundary-pushing — music that sounds ancient and modern at the same time. The Missa Solemnis is one of the greatest Catholic Masses and one of the most powerful religious compositions of all time, in a class with Bach's Mass in B Minor and the best of Haydn and Mozart."
Beethoven receivedc the last rites by a priest; afterwards, the composer said, "'You have brought me comfort!' That the priest allowed a Catholic burial and high requiem Mass for Beethoven would seem to indicate that he thought Beethoven died a believer."