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The things he did with fugues, and with the spelling of his name in various pieces, have more to do with fugal music theory and common techniques for writing contrapuntally than anything overtly esoteric, I think.
There is no loftier mission than to approach the Godhead more nearly than other mortals and by means of that contact to spread the rays of the Godhead through the human race.
Esoteric teachings were not widespread or widely known during Beethoven's lifetime, but on the occasions that he did come across them, they appear to have held great personal importance to him because they corresponded to his own ineer experiences. For example, on one of his manuscript pages, he copied out the following passages from Hindu scripture:
["]God is immaterial; as He is invisible, He can therefore have no form. But from what we are able to perceive in His works we conclude that He is eternal ...
Brahman; His mind is self-existent. He, the Almighty, is present in every part of space. His omniscience is self-inspired, and His conception includes every other. Of His there is all-embracing attributes the greatest is omniscience. For there is no threefold kind of being - it is independent of everything...["]
There is nothing more elevated than the simple grandeur with which they spoke of the creator of the universe. In order to distinguish him the more emphatically they gave him no name. A name, said they, is only a need for pointing a difference; he who is only, has no need of a name, for there is no one with whom he could be confounded. Under an ancient monument of Isis were to be read the words: "I AM THAT WHICH IS," and upon a pyramid at Sais the strange primeval inscription: "I AM ALL, THAT IS, THAT WAS, THAT WILL BE; NO MORTAL HATH EVER ME UNVEILED."
We cannot altogether know what led Beethoven to copy, frame, and keep in full view upon his desk during his later years a German translation of the famous inscriptions about the Veil of Isis:
["]I am that which is.
I am everything that is, that was, and that shall be. No mortal man has lifted my veil.
He is unique unto himself, and it is to this singularity that all things owe their existence.["]
Beethoven's interest in these inscriptions from ancient Egyptian and Orphic ritual sources demonstrates his attraction to a symbol that was appropriated in the rites of Freemasons and Illuminists.
Originally posted by Vanitas
reply to post by Bhadhidar
I have read Hofstader - it's very interesting!
To me, Bach is the closest (in music) to the "voice of God", if anyone knows what I mean.
It's truly transcendent music.
Is it because it is mathematically "correct"?
After all... isn't everything in the universe math? :-)
[edit on 1-7-2008 by Vanitas]
Originally posted by prof-rabbit
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