On Opus 133 …. Beethoven

It tears my heart

this dissonance sublime;

notes like fractured stars thrown into darkness

all light extinguished ..

this soul-racked Opus 133;

one hundred and thirty-three ..

these jagged splinters of remembered night,

brave remonstrance, discordant;

the distorted echoes of a once-heard time

assault the vault of heaven –

clamorous with melancholy ..

But yet …

in that dark world

illumination flickered into hope ..

pure sound emergent,

more profound ..

an unheard melody disclosed;

reassembled stars tremble new-born to harmony …

that imparted light

the lasting, lucent gift of Opus 133 … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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9 Responses to On Opus 133 …. Beethoven

  1. atomsofstars says:

    Link to Opus 133 .. The Great Fugue … Beethoven

  2. JM says:

    How beautifully your words condense the sounds into meaning, Marya. When I first heard the Grosse Fugue, I found it positively scary ; but it grows on you, doesn’t it? Now, thanks to you, I will think of the Cosmic Chaos a little differently. 🙂

  3. atomsofstars says:

    Hello Jamie ! Lovely to see you this evening 🙂

    Thank you very much for such compliments … I heard this piece for the first time yesterday … my ears were shocked and my heart torn. It is the most moving music I have ever heard .. I think it is wonderful in the full meaning of the word .. Beethoven searching for his lost hearing and finding
    that which ‘ whereof one cannot speak’ …

  4. Shermeen says:

    Marya, your blogs are made of beautiful words and magical images and now you introduce this amazing sound. Feast for the senses.

    I do not understand Beethoven as I ought to, but your vivid, expressive and deep words tell me a story that I really loved. Thank you.

  5. atomsofstars says:

    I’m happy that you enjoyed this combination, Shermeen … I recently read an unusual biography of Beethoven.’Beethoven, His Spiritual Development’ by J.W.N.Sullivan .. it was this which prompted me to explore his music more fully ..
    I am so glad that I did because I think this work would have remained unknown to me .. I was familiar with his well-known symphonies but knew little of his chamber music ..
    This extraordinary fugue is now my favourite piece .. heart-breaking and uplifting.

  6. ‘Ooh…message in a bottle’, epiphanic poetess! Thank you, very much…

  7. Francina says:

    Hi Mayra,
    wow.. superb poem! Excellent conveyed and in tune with his opus. .


  8. atomsofstars says:

    Why, thank you very much, Francina !

    I am delighted that these lines resonated with you .. you’re very kind to take the time to visit and to comment so kindly on my efforts 🙂

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