|Ludwig van Beethoven|
In many of my speeches throughout North America, warning of the perils of euthanasia and assisted suicide, I have often referred to Beethoven. There was a point in his grief journey, as deafness was shutting out his music, when Beethoven was driven to consider suicide. He mentioned this in a letter to his brother Carl. Imagine if assisted suicide had been accepted in his day as a legitimate way of dealing with disability or psychological pain; and imagine if he had given in to that temptation at a low point (with the full support of society and assisted by doctors ). Think of the music we would have missed!
One my favourite compositions by Beethoven is his Moonlight Sonata -- written in serious deafness.
|The grand piano at center stage|
of arts centre named after my mother:
The Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsOUcikyGRk for Moonlight Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27, No. 1,2,3. Pianist Valentina Lisitsa