Beethoven for a Later Age, by Edward Dusinberre

May 17, 2016

This textured and witty book is about Beethoven, but it has larger implications for the life of faith. Edward Dusinberre, violinist in a renowned string quartet, explores the meaning of spiritual interiority, cohesiveness and collaboration in groups, and the commitment to excellence. He illuminates the “Song of Thanksgiving” from Opus 132, which Beet­hoven composed after a life-threatening illness. Blending technique and passion, Beethoven’s music carried a spirit of adventure and a radical message about faith. The sacred is experienced in liminal spaces where profound silence happens. But behind the silence is activity. Whether worshiping in the pews or performing in a string quartet, “we are circus performers taking on an acrobatic challenge.”