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Edvard Grieg

Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I wanted, as Ibsen expresses it in once of his last dramas, to build dwellings for men in which they might feel at might feel happy and at home.

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Norman MacCaig

Three figures of Beethoven

Hawks could teach bullets a thing or two —
see one precisely repeating
the terrified unpredictable zigzags
of a mountain pipit.

And gulls and aeroplanes — can a plane
turn over and backwards and
slam stunningly into the sea — to re-emerge
with a ruffle and begin unwinding
the same long spool of flight?

These are swift and beautiful. But watch
for the gull, the slow flier, the airy loiterer
that can pause, dead still,
curved on the air
like a hand on a breast.

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Giving Up Smoking

There's not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That's easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.

You think that sounds extravagant?
I haven't finished yet —
I like you more than I would like
To have a cigarette.

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If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.

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Richard Wagner

I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven.

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Martin Luther King

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, "Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."

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H.L. Mencken

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.

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Ludwig von Beethoven had never mastered the elements of arithmetic beyond addition and subtraction. A thirteen-year-old boy whom he had befriended tried unsuccessfully to teach him simple multiplication and division.

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You've been listening to the adagio from Beethoven's 7th Symphony. I think Ludwig pretty much summed up death in this one. You know, he had lost just about all his hearing when he wrote it, and I've often wondered if that didn't help him tune into the final silence of the great beyond.

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Roll Over Beethoven

Well gonna write a little letter
Gonna mail it to my local D.J.
It's a rockin' little record
I want my jockey to play
Roll over Beethoven
I gotta hear it again today

You know my temperature's risin'
and the jukebox's blowin' a fuse
My hearts beatin' rhythm
and my soul keeps singing the blues
Roll over Beethoven
and tell Tchaikovsky the news

I got a rockin' pneumonia
I need a shot of rhythm and blues
I think I got it off the writer
sittin' down by the rhythm review
Roll over Beethoven
we're rockin' in two by two

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