The quotation to which he references is taken out of context. Listening to a Beethoven sonata merely makes Lenin "want to do beautiful, stupid things" and distracts him from the all-consuming battle for justice and socialism at the time.
While acknowledging his faults as a music critic, Lenin wrote: "I know nothing finer than the Appassionata; I would want to listen to it every day." It's fantastic, superhuman music. The finale is perfect in every way—mood, technique, and expression.
As for the other works by Beethoven, they are full of brilliant ideas but badly constructed. They lack coherence and unity. The first movement of the E-flat major piano quartet is very beautiful but extremely short. The second movement begins vigorously but soon becomes vague and diffuse. The finale is joyous but somewhat trivial. As for the Ninth Symphony, it is simply awful!
Beethoven was certainly a great genius but also a terrible drunk who destroyed his health working on projects that only worsened his problem. He died at the age of 35. A tragic end for a man with such great talents.
Lenin was not only a great lover of music but also a highly skilled pianist who played several times in public during Russian revolutionary rallies. He died of tuberculosis in 1924 at the age of 53.
Cherubini's stay in Vienna was mostly miserable, but he did get to meet Beethoven. He also referred to Beethoven's piano approach as "rough," and the musician himself as "an unlicked bear cub." Despite this, Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the finest current composer outside himself. When Cherubini returned to Paris, he was welcomed by a large crowd and given a banquet.
They had met through Franz Stephan, who was friends with both men. Stephan introduced them as "two geniuses" who were too important for each other. This is probably why neither one of them took time to teach the other anything; instead they spent their time criticizing each other's work.
Schumann was a strong supporter of Beethoven's music and tried to promote it among his contemporaries. He also wrote articles praising Beethoven for several publications including The Musical Times. But these friendships ended when Beethoven and Schumann fell out over a woman. According to some sources, Schumann was engaged to be married to a young lady named Clara Wieck. But he broke off the engagement and went to Berlin to study under Beethoven.
Beethoven, who was still struggling with health problems, decided not to go after him. He felt that Schumann was trying to steal Clara from him and this made the two musicians enemies for life.
In the letter that became known as the "Heiligenstadt Testament," he explained his irritation as being caused by his developing deafness. When Beethoven assumed care of his nephew Karl following his brother's death, he was so harsh with him that the young man attempted suicide in order to escape his uncle's hold. This may have had something to do with the fact that Karl's father, Ludwig, had also been deaf.
Beethoven's early works reflect the influence of Joseph Haydn and are full of energy but lack structure. His later work shows an increasing use of form and symmetry. By this time, he was also suffering from depression caused by the death of his wife and the failure of his hearing aid projects.
His music is very expressive and has been called "the language of feelings." It can make people feel happy or sad, depending on how they view life and their place in it. Beethoven believed that music could change people's lives for the better or worse, which is why he used his talent to write songs that fight hatred or promote love. He wanted others to understand that while joy can be contagious, sorrow can bring people together.
About a year before he died, Beethoven completed his last piano sonata, which many consider to be his greatest work. The finale is said to contain all the emotions of human life: despair, hope, fear, anger, loneliness...
Beethoven had no ill will toward the rest of humanity. Beethoven is often seen as a misanthropic figure. Even while he had spectacular spurts of wrath, he could also be light, amusing, and selfless. Beethoven, in actuality, saw himself as the bearer of a heavenly mission. He believed that music was capable of bringing peace and harmony to a war-torn world and thus considered it his duty to create as much good music as possible.
However, despite his noble intentions, Beethoven did get annoyed quite easily. He was prone to mood swings that would last for days at a time. When these fits of anger came upon him, Beethoven would become almost completely different people. One moment he would be kind and considerate, the next minute he would be raging against everyone around him.
He got angry with his friends, his family, his colleagues - anyone who happened to be around when he turned violent. There are reports of him throwing chairs across rooms, breaking windows with his head, and even pushing someone over a balcony. During these episodes, which usually lasted from hours to days at a time, Beethoven would be incapable of doing anything but yelling at those around him.
His health began to suffer greatly during these periods. Beethoven became addicted to alcohol and drugs which only made his symptoms worse. At one point he even thought about committing suicide but decided this was not the way to go about it.
As a result, Beethoven grew to adore Napoleon. He had no illusions; he was fully aware that, as First Consul, Napoleon was already trampling on revolutionary ideas, and he was still a Romantic idealist enough to complain about it. But Beethoven's admiration for Napoleon was so great that he was willing to put this complaint aside.
They met for the first time in Paris in April 1798. At that time, Beethoven was just breaking into music journalism and trying to make a name for himself by publishing articles that would draw attention to themselves. One of these articles was a review of a new book by Bonaparte's brother Lucien. In this article, which was also his first attempt at writing political criticism, Beethoven praised the new government but also criticized it for being too authoritarian. This made an impression not only on Lucien who was very much involved in politics but also on his brother who became one of the leading figures in the coup that brought Napoleon to power.
When Beethoven returned to Vienna after several years abroad, he heard that the French emperor had summoned his brother to Paris. Believing this could be a good opportunity for him to get back in touch with the highest echelons of European culture, Beethoven decided to go there too.