Sunday, October 21, 2018
An 'Insider' on RAW and Beethoven
As we are currently running Eric Wagner's online discussion group on the Beethoven string quartets and Joseph Kerman's book about them (new entry tomorrow), I wanted to remark that Eric's book, An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson, has a good-sized "Lexicon" section, a reference section where you can look up many aspects of Wilson's work.
Included is an entry on Beethoven, here is part of it: "Wilson makes more references to Beethoven's music than to any other music in his books. In Illuminatus! a character talks about the late quartets. Beethoven's late music permeates Schroedinger's Cat: the 'Hammerklavier' gets mentioned over and over again, 'Dr. Raus Elysium' in that novel comes from a pun on the Ode to Joy ('Tochter als Elysium') 'Muss es sein?' comes from the quartet Opus 135, a character calls the Ninth 'unsuccessful tantric sex,' etc.
"Wilson uses Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, along with other music, as soundtrack in both of his screenplays..."
Insider's Guide also has a separate entry on "Muss es sein?" There are also entries on Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Eric's book is only $5 for the Kindle version, so you can stick it on your phone (using the Kindle app), giving yourself a handy reference book as you work your way through Wilson's work.