Saturday, May 18, 2013

Apotheosis



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; exaltation
  • a deified ideal
  • ascension to glory

Related words include apotheosize, apotheosized, and apotheosy.

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