The forgotten charm of Beethoven is a blog post written by Pianist Danny Driver which provides a discussion of why Beethoven’s early works should get a fairer hearing. The author of the blog post is an internationally acclaimed pianist who has made numerous concerto appearances with notable orchestras. In addition, Driver, as a chamber musician, collaborates regularly with leading violinists such as Chloe Hanslip and baritone Christian Immler and has appeared at the Australian Chamber Music Festival many times.
The blog itself has minimal monitisation, however, this is a corporate post compiled by the BBC Music Magazine and they provided links to their social media in order to drive traffic towards their publication medium. The formation of the blog was appropriate and in a formal setting. This particular blog was found under a list of other music blogs on the BBC Music Magazine webpage, and I found the search engine optimisation highly ranked.
The forgotten charm of Beethoven did not grab my attention right away, but the use of a high-quality photograph of the artists, a YouTube link for a performance and quotations from Beethoven in his Heiligenstadt Testament was quite helpful with understanding the author’s perspective, and the content of the blog post. The blog post, to an extent, allowed me to develop an understanding of the musical differences between Beethoven’s early to middle period but fails to persuade me as to why I should equally listen the composer’s earlier and later works.
Driver does not consider the assumed knowledge the reader has. I believe this post is targeted for music enthusiasts due to the language and historical information used. Unfortunately, I saw some problems when reading the comparisons the author made about Beethoven’s early and middle works. In the last paragraph, for example, Driver labels Beethoven’s later music as tortured music, compared to the more “intimate and charm-laden” early Beethoven. The last paragraph also summarises the argument as a whole, but conveys it unclearly. Driver mentions that the reason we as listeners should listen to more early Beethoven, is so that we can see him in a different light, one capable of laughter, tenderness and warm hearted camaraderie. I felt that the main comparison was merely an assessment/discussion of Beethoven’s personality.
Link to review: http://www.classical-music.com/blog/forgotten-charm-beethoven
Bibliography: Driver, Danny.
- Driver, Danny. Biography. Danny Driver: KultureShock.net, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2017. http://www.dannydriver.com/artist.php?view=bio&bid=4079
- Driver, Danny. Discography. Discogs, 2017. Accessed May 10, 2017. https://www.discogs.com/artist/2866693-Danny-Driver