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Sunday, October 31, 2010

3 year old Jonathan conducts Beethoven.

Kid, I know exactly how you feel.


Blogger Dad said...


9:12 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

Awesome. You can tell that he really knows the music and is not just reacting to what he's hearing -- well illustrated about 30 seconds in, when he gets too excited to contain himself because he knows the music is about to burst into all that big glorious noise. I can't quite understand what he's saying, but it might be, "It's coming!"

This is the same symphony that Forster wrote about in "Howard's End" in what some of you already know is my favorite piece of writing about music anywhere. I think Forster and Jonathan would understand one another perfectly. Here's what Forster had to say about the segment Jonathan is conducting (this is the end of the full passage, which can be found here):

"The goblins really had been there. They might return--and they did. It was as if the splendour of life might boil over and waste to steam and froth. In its dissolution one heard the terrible, ominous note, and a goblin, with increased malignity, walked quietly over the universe from end to end. Panic and emptiness! Panic and emptiness! Even the flaming ramparts of the world might fall. Beethoven chose to make all right in the end. He built the ramparts up. He blew with his mouth for the second time, and again the goblins were scattered. He brought back the gusts of splendour, the heroism, the youth, the magnificence of life and of death, and, amid vast roarings of a superhuman joy, he led his Fifth Symphony to its conclusion. But the goblins were there. They could return. He had said so bravely, and that is why one can trust Beethoven when he says other things."

5:13 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

Argh. My link didn't work. One last try here.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Dad said...

Ya know, his conducting and his excitement make me hear the music better.

Ya know?

6:23 PM  
Blogger Luke Murphy said...

I mean, ya know, I think you could see that if he kept conducting like that, ya know, that, ya know, he could've had a future, ya know, but then he picked his nose ya know.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Why do we keep saying ya know?

That video is amazing!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Luke Murphy said...

Laura watch the video in the link 2 posts up.

8:22 PM  

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