Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ed Chang Speaks About Beethoven on Cosmoetica

     Last week I had the pleasure of being Skype-interviewed by Dan Schneider, who has, for the last few years, been producing a series of long-form, unedited interviews on his Cosmoetica YouTube channel with actors, writers, academics and scientists (my interview was Episode No. 232).

     Although I haven't updated this blog in quite awhile, it was nice to reach back and hit on some highlights I'd discovered along the way of producing this year-long daily project.


A chapter list is as follows:

0:19 Intro by Dan Schneider
1:09 Ed Chang on how he got into Beethoven and blogging
7:50 Is classical music more complex than pop?
14:07 Beethoven's Human Struggle
22:53 Demythologizing deafness and the creative process
29:08 The Hypnotic Moonlight Sonata
34:47 The Kreutzer Violin Sonata and Beethoven's punk styles
39:17 Fur Elise, 5th symphony and how Beethoven does it
45:07 The Coriolan Overture, Epic movie music
50:29 Young Beethoven, Arrogant student
52:19 Fantasia in G minor, Bartok, avant-garde medicine
56:12 The 7th Symphony Allegretto 2nd movement and Beethoven's film assignments
1:01:10 The dialogue of the 9th Symphony 4th movement (Ode to Joy) and early sampling techniques
1:10:40 Why so Angry Beethoven?
1:14:33 Wagner a 2nd rate Beethoven?
1:16:46 Ed's current blog projects
1:19:50 Who is today's Beethoven?

The video mashup I mentioned of Beethoven's Coriolan Overture with The Lord of the Rings can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNXnP... The video I mentioned of Bartok performing Beethoven can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZG2i... A visual explanation of the "conversation/medley" aspect of the 9th Symphony 4th movement can be seen here: https://youtu.be/IAMDC-wXZU4?t=39m40s This video has been slightly remixed from the original video posted at Cosmoetica here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmvmg... Dan Schneider's YouTube Channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/cosmoetica "The home for spoken word prose and poetry excerpts, as well as the Dan Schneider Video Interview series, an extension of the Dan Schneider Interviews, the most read interview series of all time" http://www.cosmoetica.com/DSI.htm Dan Schneider's Cosmoetica Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/872868

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