This is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in G major. The three movement work goes for nearly 40 minutes. It’s exquisite.
Composed in 1805-06, it is a pinnacle of the piano concerto repertoire and a stirring record of a White man’s triumph over adversity. It’s the sort of thing people used to do before television and the internet. We had all this free time.
By the late 1700’s Beethoven’s hearing started to deteriorate, threatening his flourishing career as a composer and performer. His worsening deafness, besides many other health issues and the period of despair that accompanied it, became the trigger for Beethoven to experiment and push Classical forms, the piano and himself, and in so doing he changed the course of musical history.
The Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter sent to his brothers documenting his deafness and the social humiliation which accompanied it, is a glorious example of the triumph of the will and a refusal to allow personal misfortune to halt one’s mission:
“But what a humiliation for me when someone standing next to me heard a flute in the distance and I heard nothing, or someone standing next to me heard a shepherd singing and again I heard nothing. Such incidents drove me almost to despair; a little more of that and I would have ended me life – it was only my art that held me back. Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me. So I endured this wretched existence – truly wretched for so susceptible a body, which can be thrown by a sudden change from the best condition to the very worst. – Patience, they say, is what I must now choose for my guide, and I have done so – I hope my determination will remain firm to endure until it pleases the inexorable Parcae to break the thread.”
This leads us, naturally, to the news that in the current year, the operators of the Sydney Opera House have been forced to apologise for the fact that urinals were operational in a so-called “all-gender bathroom”:
The Sydney Opera House has apologised for an uncomfortable urinal incident after converting its bathrooms to “all gender” during Vivid.
2GB host Ben Fordham said on Wednesday he had been informed by a listener about the incident at a concert over the weekend.
According to the listener, the Opera House had labelled the toilets “all gender bathrooms” and men and women were sharing the facility, with men using the urinals while women walked behind to use the cubicles.
The bathroom was located in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
In an apology statement, an Opera House spokeswoman defended making the bathrooms “inclusive” but said a mix-up had occurred when someone removed covers that had been placed over the urinals.
What did they think was going to happen? One might suggest this is why we separate male and female toilets in the first place.
The statement said, “The Opera House offers all-gender bathrooms, alongside male and female bathrooms, during its festival events, including for Vivid LIVE. It is vital that the Opera House building – and the experiences offered – are welcoming, inclusive and accessible to all.
“During Vivid LIVE, the Box Office Foyer included separate female, all-gender and male bathrooms. The Opera House covered the urinals in the all-gender bathroom so they were not able to be used, however during Friday night’s performance a patron removed the urinal covers. We apologise if any patrons felt uncomfortable with this situation, and we reinstalled the covers with better weighting to prevent them being removed in future.
I can’t stop laughing. What did use for “better weighting”? Bricks over the covers?
I went to a Big Day Out festival some time in the mid-2000’s at the Flemington Showgrounds. The wait for the male dunny was about 30 minutes, if not more, but the queue for the women’s was about 2 hours. Chicks quite happily lined up with the blokes given the circumstances and walked past the dozens of guys using the urinals to get a cubicle an hour earlier than if they had lined up for the women’s.
That’s where woke has led us. The plush Sydney Opera House now has music festival-tier – ie third world – toilet experiences.
I keep saying this – sooner or later people are going to snap. White men are nice until they’re not. When it happens it’s gonna be epic.
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