Whether you are stuck at your desk at work waiting for tonight’s rally or phone bank or you are on a bus to Pennsylvania, there might be a time when you can play this, not too loudly necessarily. There are so many reasons. You can play it in the background while multitasking. It inspires and soothes.
In writing this symphony Beethoven had been thinking of Buonaparte, but Buonaparte while he was First Consul. At that time Beethoven had the highest esteem for him and compared him to the greatest consuls of ancient Rome. Not only I, but many of Beethoven¹s closer friends, saw this symphony on his table, beautifully copied in manuscript, with the word “Buonaparte” inscribed at the very top of the title-page and “Luigi van Beethoven” at the very bottom. …I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a rage and exclaimed, “So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, too, he will tread under foot all the rights of man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!” Beethoven went to the table, seized the top of the title-page, tore it in half and threw it on the floor. The page had to be re-copied and it was only now that the symphony received the title “Sinfonia eroica.”
– Ferdinand Ries, quoted in Michael Hamburger, ed., Beethoven: Letters, Journals and Conversations (New York: Anchor Books, 1960), 29-30. An English translation of the reminiscences of Ries and Wegeler has been published as Franz Gerhard Wegeler,Beethoven Remembered: The Biographical Notes of Franz Wegeler and Ferdinand Ries (Arlington, Va.: Great Ocean Publishers, 1987).
Hillary is the hero. She has withstood a battering like we have never seen against a presidential candidate. She, unlike her opponent, is not Napoleonic. She fights for us like no one else and has all of her life. I cannot and will not try to enumerate all the reasons here. Also for us, because we stuck through it all with her. We slogged through the sludge, too. Much of the time I think some of us took the attacks more deeply than she did.
Beethoven probably would have endorsed her. That’s what I think. Play this sometime today. We still have a lot to do. It lifts the spirits. One day out, we still have work to do for our Heroica. #WeGoHigh!
Look who is with her! (And who is not!) We can be proud of our candidate, the campaign we have participated in, and the caliber and quality of endorsements Hillary has attracted.
Here is the to do list for today.
Make calls with the tweeters!