Tatatataaaa – Tatatataaaa
Each of his symphonies had a name. The Fifth had the Fate Motif, it was the “Schicksalssymphonie”.
He was born 250 years ago this year. The Fifth was performed for the first time on 22 December 1808 when Ludwig van Beethoven was in his thirties and fighting increasing deafness. At the time, Napoleon had occupied Vienna and the world was turned upside down.
E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote about Beethoven’s Fifth that the music “sets in motion terror, fear, horror, pain, and awakens the infinite yearning that is the essence of romanticism”. For many, he represents the romantic ideal of the tragic artist who defies all odds to conquer his own fate, the triumph of the human spirit.
In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
Here are some steps Pádraig took, some of the people he met and remembers on some of the journeys he made over the past few years.
He will continue on his journey in 2021. Take a step. Then another step.
With all of us. His Family. His Friends.
Defying all odds to conquer his fate.
A very happy 2021!
Ruth ODea said:
It us really through Padraigs expressions in these photos , that we can see his progress. The marathon continues. Bets wishes.. Ruth O Dea snd family.
So happy to hear from you, Ruth. We wish you and yours a peaceful and healthy 2021. The journey continues. For all of us.
Feliz 2021!!! Y paso a paso siempre adelante. Besos y abrazos y más besos y abrazos, Ana, Paco, Ali y Marta!
Al andar se hace camino… Feliz 2021 con abrazos y besos para todos.
Catherine O'Riordan said:
Very well spoken or written, Reinhard.
Continued good work in 2021.
May 2021 bring Padraig, Pat, Laura, Maria and yourself every blessing.
All the best for 2021, Catherine, from all of us!
Mannick and John said:
We wish you and your family an happy new year. More and more progress for Padraig, health an love. Love is the most important, to receive, to give. You show us every week that you know that 😉
Love from Mannick and John
We’ll meet up again this year! So good to hear from you Mannick and John. Hope you are keeping well. And yes: all you need is love! We wish you a peaceful and healthy 2021!