Twenty-Five Days of TSO – Day Fourteen
I’ll Keep Your Secrets
Beethoven’s Last Night (2000)
WHAT IS THIS THING YOU KEEP INSIDE
OUT OF THE LIGHT AND WRAPPED IN PRIDE
ALWAYS AFRAID THAT ONE DAY IT WILL SHOW
In Beethoven’s last night, we also hear from Therese. Historically, this is the woman that he composed the piece ‘Fur Elise’ for which is an interesting story in its own right, but not the story we hear here.
Therese was his pupil and he loved her, but in this story he doesn’t propose to her, as he intended with the song, but instead pushes her away over embarrassment of the great secret he was hiding, his deafness.
This song is sung from the perspective of Therese who was concerned and just wanted to be there and care for her friend who was clearly hurting, clearly in pain over a secret that she knew he was keeping though knew not what the secret was.
And quietly, not that his pride would have ever let him learn, she would have been there and her love would have kept his secrets safe within her heart.
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