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Well, you must be a type Five who likes to keep things to herself because I had no idea you are such a superb pianist! You blew me away with your interpretations. You have power and nuance and delicacy and everything…
I was wondering whether a project such as yours could actually work, but you have proven it does and you exploited exactly the right composer to exemplify your thesis. Congratulations!
- Aaron Blumenfeld, composer
Also read the essay, Beethoven's Personality and Music: The Introverted Romantic
author of The Enneagram of Parenting, The Happy Introvert, and co-author
of Are You My Type, Am I Yours? and The Enneagram made Easy,
discusses and demonstrates the Enneagram with illustrations from Beethoven's
life and excerpts from Beethoven's piano sonatas. This unique CD joins Elizabeth's
graceful words with her sterling performances of Beethoven's music. Here
is an experience that will expand your understanding of both Beethoven and
While you may be familiar with Elizabeth
as an author, columnist, and cartoonist, she has also spent her life as
a serious student and teacher of classical piano. With the assistance of
PostMasters' producers Ellen Chait Olhsson and master engineer Bob Olhsson,
she has created an audiophile-quality listening experience: a rare combination
of ideas and music, a joy for the ear as well as the mind.
Elizabeth briefly explains
the ancient Enneagram system and also looks at Beethoven's life and personality
in the introduction. This is followed by a discussion and musical demonstration
of each of the types. Elizabeth explores the different issues for each
type and performs music from Beethoven's sonatas to illustrate these experiences.
It is rewarding to find a broad enough range of emotions within Beethoven's
piano repertoire to demonstrate the moods and styles of all nine Enneagram
personality types. You easily will hear how the music matches both the
general feelings and particular traits of each type.
Elizabeth also suggests ways, musical
and emotional, to use the Enneagram for growth. Whether you are an Enneagram
student or teacher, or a music fan with no knowledge of the Enneagram,
you will find this unusual performance will expand your understanding of
the music and the musician. You will understand more about Beethoven, the
Enneagram, and yourself.
Here is the text of Elizabeth
Wagele's discussion of Type 7.
The Seven, or "Adventurer"
Some of us spend our lives searching
for pleasure and new experiences. The goal of this seventh type is to avoid
the darker feelings that fueled Beethoven's creativity, such as suffering
Beethoven himself had the Seven-ish
trait of liking to play pranks on people. Wit, humor, and lightheartedness,
the Adventurer's defenses, appear often in his music.
Here's a Sonata where Beethoven
clowns around. It starts out with a motive that says 'look at me!' (demonstrated
by excerpts from Op 2 #2, 1st movement) ...followed by a silly run
After a descending broken chord (demonstrated), it scoots off in
another direction, which is typical of an Adventurer (the whole selection
from Op 2 #2, 1st movement).
Adventurers like to stay on top
and live on the edge. Some love to chase and be chased (demonstrated
by an excerpt from the first movement of Beethoven's Op 31 #1).
The virtue for Adventurers is sobriety.
Since we don't learn how to deal with yearning and accept suffering and
disappointment overnight, this sonata, that combines lightness and seriousness,
is a good place to start. It begins in a melancholy way with a longing
bell-like motive (demonstrated).The mood changes to playful...(demonstrated)
and back again. Moods and themes jump all over the keyboard. The virtue
of sobriety has more appeal to the Seven when it alternates with playfulness,
as this sonata does.
While this sonata is a masterpiece,
the goal of real live Adventurers is to be able to sustain sobriety and
concentration for more than a few measures at a time.
(Op 31 #3, first
a Fan, Follow or Friend
|The year is 1824 and
it is a beautiful morning in Vienna. As you walk down the street on your
way to the corner market, you see ahead a somewhat undersized and awkwardly
built man with broad shoulders walking toward you, head down, carrying
a writing journal under his arm. He is a bit disheveled, his clothes rather
shabby and his general appearance a little scary. Just as you take a step
to cross the street to avoid this character, he lifts his head and you
see his face. With his dark complexion, bushy eyebrows, pockmarked skin,
misshapen facial features, and frowning countenance, he looks unhappy and
distant. Instantly you recognize this man and continue past him...
the entire review here.
|The Enneagram suggests
there are more ways of knowing than through the left side of our brain.
With a few explanations to keep the left side happy, Elizabeth Wagele's
CD "The Beethoven Enneagram" offers some delightful sensorial and musical
insights into the nine Enneagram styles via the right side of our brain.
I enjoyed both her presentation and her playing.
|Music, of course, also
reflects type. In her splendid CD, Elizabeth combines the world of type
with the music of Beethoven in an interesting and compelling way. I suggest
you explore her CD for yourself. At the very least you will find enjoyment
in her work!
David N. Daniels,
|My own belief in the
alliance of pleasure and learning was refreshed and strengthened when I
obtained a copy of Elizabeth Wagele's Beethoven Enneagram.
Only a few teaching aids exist
that develop and explain the non-verbal aspects of the enneagram style.
This is a marvelous teaching tool because it helps those who do not learn
best through concepts and words.
the entire review here.
|Just wanted to let
you know that the Beethoven CD arrived today, and I've just had the pleasure
of listening to it. I agree... that it's a great teaching tool, as well
as being simply a lot of fun. What a gifted pianist you are!
I can see the possibility of using
your wonderful CD as part of an Enneagram class for actors.
|The stirring notes
of Beethoven's profoundly beautiful passages and the profound truths expressed
through the Enneagram are a perfect match. The utterly charming performance
by Liz Wagele makes learning about both a pleasure.
The Enneagram is to the field of
psychology and understanding personality what Beethoven was to music--innovative,
substantive, and designed to withstand time. Liz brings new life and personality
to Beethoven's music with helpful and charming thumbnail sketches of each
of the Enneagram types.
Andrea Isaacs and
The Beethoven Enneagram.
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