Beethoven’s 5th (NSFW)

It’s called Classical Music for a reason. That reason being that it has withstood the tests of time and the vagaries of cultural shifts, and nowhere is that more true than in case of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Beethoven’s 5th has even adapted well to modern performances, possibly because Beethoven understood the lasting power of the base line.


She Had My Attention From The First Movement 😉

Of course, if one only cares about a driving base beat and doesn’t understand or favor subtlety or complexity, there’s always Rap and/or Hip-Hop. It’s replaced the sublime with the feral, which appeals to many people who are more in touch with their animal passions.


Not To My Normal Tastes But I Could Get Behind That

Still, there are times and places to set aside the pleasures of the mind and revel in the flesh. Rap and Hip-Hop have the advantage of simplicity and a primal connection, not being too dependent upon skill or any form of delicacy, that is lacking in Classical Music and there are times when I could happily get behind that. 😛

Related Reading:

Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music/Culture)
Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets
Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives)
Who Was Babe Ruth?
The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music: A Fresh Look at the Art of Hip-Hop, from Old-School Beats to Freestyle Rap

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2 Responses to “Beethoven’s 5th (NSFW)”

  1. SOYLENT GREEN Says:

    There is nothing base about Ludwig’s bass lines. 😉

  2. jonolan Says:

    Hehe…At least you got the pun. I was truly worried that it would just slip by, thought to be a typo.

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