Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Terry Alan Klasek
I remember Beethoven's Fifth Symphony,
that milestone of Classical Music's majesty;
I was still a youth, barely over thirteen,
when those triumphant tones first awakened me.
My pabulum had taken the form of musical shows,
then my bottle was filled with the classics so light;
O, but this piece was oh so very different,
My adventure was beginning, a never ending one;
My hands wanted to fly and sway with the music,
I was no longer hearing, but now I was feeling!
The music flowed on, an exquisite journey,
the tones were compelling and drawing me nearer;
The music I followed like a trusty old friend,
and as my excitement grew I flew to my feet!
Impulsively, my hands began to move like lightning,
my arms joined too in full scale conducting;
Exerting with fiery passion in time with the rhythm,
my body expressed what my soul was burning!
Movement four now, and the tension is soaring,
yeast-fully expanding - it could possibly explode;
My face is sweating and contorting a lot,
my soul's run rampant harmoniously in musical time!
The music now fills my brain and my body,
the soul of the music I feel deep down inside;
My mold is now broken, the blending complete,
no longer feeling, the music and I have become one!
O joy! O rapture divine! I'll never be the same,
the music carries me higher, ever higher;
It surges now through my veins like a high pressure hose,
the passion runs hot, and my soul's now on fire!
My conducting is strong in style and grace,
new freedom is erupting and quickening the ace;
My soul's a fiery chariot now off into flight,
mounting as on Eagle's wings to a heavenly place!
The final chords now a stated so clear,
the journey is over, the triumph complete;
The music's now inside, and I'm a brand new me,
my shell has been broken, no reason now to hide!
The music has ended; its force is spent,
my strength is gone, and I'm all out of breath;
I fall back into the chair as limp as a rag,
at last I smile weakly for I have now found PEACE!
I still can't read a note of music nor had any lessons,
the soul of all music I still passionately feel;
My creative flow wasn't fully released at this time,
the substance. It was real meat!
When I first heard those three G's and an E-flat,
my adventure was beginning, a never ending one;
My full flow wan't released fully,
That was in Vietnam meeting Beethoven Symphony #9!
Terry Alan Klasek
7449 Hazelcrest Drive
Hazelwood, Missouri 63042-2201
St.Louis Community College at Florissant Valley
3500 Pershall Road
Ferguson, Mo. 63135