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Daniel Barenboim: Beethoven For All

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By Jim Lange
 · June 21, 2012

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Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

Audience member: "Where does music come from?" 

Robert Fripp: "It comes from love." 

What? This is too simple. It can't be! How dare you speak of the great Western music tradition in terms of love! These are the pillars of civilization!

All that may be true, but love is greater than these.

Maestro Daniel Barenboim has a mission. It can be summarized in his own words:

"Music is for all. Music is for everyone. Anyone who opens his mind or heart to it can get something out of music."

And to this end, Barenboim offers a free HD documentary on iTunes about his Beethoven mission. The description of the doc:

"This video documentary captures the extraordinary musical journey of Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the music of Beethoven, whose classical music compositions represent the ever-present wish to achieve mutual understanding, freedom and unification for all. In this video we go behind the scenes with the legendary Daniel Barenboim as he leads this unique young orchestra in understanding, rehearsing and recording Beethoven’s 9 symphonies in Cologne and exploring one of the most potent modern symbols of reunification, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. This intimate and personal portrait shows both Daniel Barenboim and members of the orchestra talking directly about their love for music and Beethoven, but also about their backgrounds, their hopes, their beliefs and their fears in a lively and very positive story."

Download it now. It's free and really wonderful.

It's very simple: in order for us to make music, we MUST listen to one another. We must surrender our individuality to the greater good of the ensemble. In doing so, we must put aside our differences, be they political or otherwise.

Nota bene: About 4:16 into the film, there is a very funny moment. How true.

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