Breaking away from the Christmas theme (or the pre-Christmas, Advent theme if you're with Opus Dei) I want to wish Ludwig van Beethoven a happy 240th birthday.
I recognized this date because it happens to be my mother's birthday too. She must have drawn attention to this fact around the time we had our piano delivered and I set out on the long and rocky road to full appreciation and partial (very partial, truth be known) mastery of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach mainly but a number of other classical composers. While she would be turning 93 today, sadly she passed away many of those years ago.
Reviewing those numbers makes yours truly feel a bit historical too, when you consider that your mother was born not long into the second half of time elapsed since Beethoven was at his peak, well, it means nothing I suppose.
But this means a lot ...
(and it should lead to the following movements, of Beethoven's celebrated Fifth Symphony. )