In class last week, we briefly touched on the career of the famous classical composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. We discussed on his widely celebrated musical genius and how he is recognized as possibly the greatest musical mind of all time. We also discussed the possibility that his widely praised career was only the result of his social connections as opposed to sheer possession of musical talent. We find his compositions to be heavenly in terms of music and almost untouchable. But are they really? I personally am not sure. I am most impressed by the fact that he create music while nearly to completely deaf. The problem is we have no viable evidence that his music was so popular even during his lifetime.
I personally began to think about this later. What if his music was actually just carried on because of his association with social elites? The world would be turned totally upside down if this fact was found true. I began to think about who possibly could be thought of as one during our time. Some would argue Justin Bieber, Drake, etc. I couldn’t logically agree because none of their music can be viewed as original. All modern artists seem to copy each others’ music in some way and if not, then they have unknowingly taken from an older musician/ artist. I think a musician/ artist’s ability to be a musical genius involves not only impressive musical control but also originality and creativity, which I don’t see in modern artists unfortunately. They too are also boosted musically by fan bases and not strictly musical talent.