The Wand of Beethoven


Unknown wood,

12 1/2"

Inspired by the life and work of composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). See notes below.
In the beginning of his career, Beethoven's style of music reflected the ideals of the Classical era - clean, easy to understand melodies, unobtrusive harmonies, and clear musical structure. As he continued his work, lost his hearing, and fruitlessly chased his immortal beloved, he gradually distanced himself from the style of the day, placing less emphasis on the Classical era's clarity of form, and more emphasis on the expression of emotion. Because of this, Beethoven is identified by historians as an important transition composer between the Classical and Romantic eras of music.
His role as the transformative composer is reflected in the wand by the swirling, somewhat random design, which starts out neat and orderly, with a rotationally symmetrical handle, bulbed at the handle like a conductor's baton. As the wand moves towards the tip, the design becomes more asymmetrical and random, representing the change of values and Beethoven's own crazy nature.