The Traverse Symphony
Orchestra performed its last concert of the season last week, and it included
Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, one of my all-time favorites. The program
notes included a quote from Richard Wagner, who called it “the apotheosis of
the dance.” Since the first time that I encountered that quote years ago, it has
neatly summed up this rhythmic masterpiece for me.
Apotheosis comes from a
Greek verb meaning to make a god of.
Shades of meaning include
- transformation into a god, deification
- the ascription of divine power or virtue;
- a deified ideal
- ascension to glory
Related words include
apotheosize, apotheosized, and apotheosy.
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