The Moonlight Sonata

Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

This past week saw the introduction of yet another new series into the world of Grimm Fairy Tales - No Tomorrow featuring Keres. As of yet very little has been done to identify what the antagonist of the series is doing, whether it is an observer of tragedy or the creator of death. One characteristic of the character is the humming/whistling/singing of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata:

Credit to the artist for getting the music mostly correct

This music is considered to be some of the saddest in the history of human music, and yet wasn't necessarily intended as such by Beethoven, instead he wanted to create a fantastical setting for his music. That it became associated with darkness and sorrow may have been an unintended consequence, though it is interesting how it has infiltrated pop culture as such. It is also interesting that the writer incorporates such an element into comics, as it is a less common manner of getting across tone, as it implies that the reader knows what the music is.

#1 Posted by BumpyBoo (8575 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, I really like this :) I had no idea Beethoven never intended it to be a sad piece - I learned it, or a modified version of it, on the guitar not so long ago and it really is a very melancholy tune. I would go so far as to say it is difficult to make it sound upbeat! But then, certain notes and combinations of notes (for example minor chords) seem to naturally invoke a sense of sadness or uncertainty, something which is heavily utilised in the film industry :)

But to see that used here in a comic book context is so unusual, as you say. Very interesting stuff.

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#2 Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: He must have had an idea that it was sad, but I guess it was not what he was going for. The moonlight part of it was not his interpretation either, rather that of a later music critic.

#3 Edited by BumpyBoo (8575 posts) - - Show Bio

@razzatazz: Well I guess nothing quite negates an artist's creative control like having been dead a few hundred years ;P Still, makes me wonder what some of these classical composers and artists would have made off their legacies, and how wide of the mark we may be in other respects. Food for thought, definitely :)

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#4 Edited by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: True, especially when one considers some of the "one hit wonders" from artistic history. Would Herman Melville want to be best known for Moby Dick where the rest of his books were mostly ignored? Or that Grant Wood is best remembered for American Gothic when he might not have liked it very much? I remember reading about Salman Rushdie once saying that he was not ashamed that any of his works of fiction were available to the public, but that he was less proud of some as oppose to others. It is probably the same with every artist.

#5 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18022 posts) - - Show Bio

One of my personal Favorite songs. EVER

Gonna Play it on my first date.

#6 Edited by BumpyBoo (8575 posts) - - Show Bio

@razzatazz: Those are good points, and I would imagine it is something that troubles a lot of writers to some degree. When it comes to how people remember you and your work, there is really only so much control you can have over it. Which is a bit scary, but also, a kind of liberating thought in some respects :)

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#7 Posted by jloneblackheart (5507 posts) - - Show Bio

My #3 song of all time. I never considered it to be sad, but maybe a little somber.

#8 Edited by kfhrfdu_89_76k (3731 posts) - - Show Bio

How the hell didn`t Beethoven intend it to be sad? It sounds like that to me...

Then again, I once tryed to act like an evil angel in a play...and much of the audience started laughing...( = I

Then again, as much as I like to act, I`m not that good at it. Okay, at best.


I don`t know...if you ask me, doing that would be too prompt...for some reason. I`m not sure if it would be fitting. If things really click with the one you`re on a date with, sure. Otherwise...maybe on some other one.

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#10 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (3731 posts) - - Show Bio
#11 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18022 posts) - - Show Bio

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: well duh XD, i'm not gonna shove some random music on a first date , and what if we were going to the movies? do i just play it on my phone and raise my hand? XD

#12 Edited by kfhrfdu_89_76k (3731 posts) - - Show Bio


Yes, you do. Everyone loves when someone disturbes their movie going experience...= P

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#14 Posted by RustyRoy (12012 posts) - - Show Bio

I listen to this song when I'm reading a Batman book, its amazing.

#15 Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: I guess that it would be the case. It must be weirder for someone like Picasso who created 1000s of pieces in his life. He probably even forgot about some of them that a lot of people held dear.


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