Beethoven, Bacchus and Apollo

Beethoven, Bacchus and Apollo


 Beethoven called himself “Bacchus incarnate”, “a Son of Apollo”, “a Priest of Apollo”, “a Christian and in Apollo”.

Beethoven “Priest of Apollo”:

“… The correspondence and the forwarding take too much of my time, and a priest of Apollo ought anyhow to be spared this. Unfortunately circumstances demand that one’s thoughts must be turned from the celestial sphere earthwards…” (Beethoven’s Letter to “… SCHLESINGER, Music Publisher, Berlin, Baden, July 15th, 1825).” (“BEETHOVEN’S LETTERS A CRITICAL EDITION WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES BY DR. A. C. KALISCHER TRANSLATED WITH PREFACE BY J. S. SHEDLOCK, B.A.”)

Beethoven: a Christian and in Apollo:

In a Letter to his Friend “Hauschka” (Baden, September 23, 1824), Beethoven writes to him in a postscript, calling himself: “a Christian and in Apollo, B.”.

In the “Orphic Hymn to Mise” or “Mises”, whom the ancients identified with Moses or Musaeus, the “Disciple” of Orpheus, Bacchus, or Dionysus the Lawgiver, is invoked as “Iacchus the Liberator” (Bacchos, Iacchos Iacchob or Jacob) and as the Son of “the Venerable Goddess Isis”.




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