"What is this ocean whose shore is knowledge? What is that pearl which is found in its depth?"This is the second of the nine questions in 'The New Garden of Mystery', a part of Persian Psalms (1927) by Allama Iqbal. The answer which we may gather from the writings of Iqbal is basically something like this: Life is the ocean and the pearl to be found in its depth is selfhood (خودی). Knowledge is just the shore.
'Notes on Beethoven's Second Symphony' by Christopher H. Gibbs).
The symphony itself was described by one of its earliest critics, quite famously, as ""a hideously writhing, wounded dragon that refuses to die, but writhing in its last agonies and, in the fourth movement, bleeding to death." (See Wikipedia). Later, the French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz described it as a symphony that was "smiling throughout." His commentary on the symphony is sometimes regarded as definitive:
In this Symphony everything is noble, energetic, proud. The Introduction [Adagio molto] is a masterpiece. The most beautiful effects follow one another without confusion and always in an unexpected manner. The song is of a touching solemnity, and it at once commands respect and puts the hearer in an emotional mood. The rhythm is already bolder, the instrumentation is richer, more sonorous, more varied. An Allegro con brio of enchanting dash is joined to this admirable introduction. The fast motive which begins the theme, given at first to the violas and cellos in unison, is taken up again in an isolated form, to establish either progressions in a crescendo or imitative passages between wind instruments and the strings. All these forms have a new and animated physiognomy. (See Christopher H. Gibbs)
Video: Beethoven's Symphony No.2, 1st Movement
Video: Beethoven's Symphony No.2, 2nd Movement
Video: Beethoven's Symphony No.2, 3rd Movement
Video: Beethoven's Symphony No.2, 4th Movement
- Read English translation of Iqbal's answer to the second question from 'The New Garden of Mystery' in Persian Psalms (1927)
- Read original text of 'The New Garden of Mystery' by Iqbal in Persian