"From the heart...to the heart"
(L.v.B. on his "Missa Solemnis")
Classical Music - Pastime for the Elite
or Vital Source of Strength for All?
An Enspiring Speech by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu
Music can try to achieve what Beethoven wanted to express in his above-noted comment. We can call ourselves fortunate that we can enjoy music in general and Beethoven's music in particular, in this spirit. Beyond that, we can, as here in this web site, also enjoy the sharing of interesting information on the great masters of classical music.
Also in its twenty-first year on the internet, this site continues to be committed to the positive aspects of this medium: to provide interesting, relevant cultural information to as many readers as possible, at no cost to them.
We will also remain true to our attitude with respect to the way in which we present our material. Our first debt of gratitude is owed to those who make this activity possible for us, in the first place: the master composers and, among them in this context, above all, of course, Beethoven! Our second obligation--keeping in mind our skills and knowledge as lay people--is the appropriate presentation of our material under these given circumstances.
As lay people with occupational and life experience in the field of German-speaking culture, we are well advised to provide you with information that has been presented by musicology and by biographical research as secured information, and, wherever and whenever this is and can not be the case, yet, we will advise you accordingly.
We also want to point out that we are aware of our strengths and of our limitations. This also finds reflection in our presenting you with links to other interesting cultural web sites.
While we hope that the links we are providing to you will offer you possibilities for further reading and personal enrichment, we can, of course, not be held responsible for their content. That responsibility lies solely with the proprietors of those sites.
In this spirit, we wish you an interesting time of reading and of personal enrichment, both at our web site and with the links provided by us. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you again, very soon!
Raptus Association for Music Appreciation
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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