Fifth Symphony

Author:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Testimony by:
anonymous
Place & date:

I like all of classical music, particularly Beethoven and Mozart. I listen to it all day on Radio Esperanza, on the bus I drive. The passengers like it. But listening to classical music reminds of what happened in prison and it has the effect of a short circuit on me.

When we were in the prison yard, the loudspeakers would play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and other pieces of classical music which I have trouble identifying.

I think that perhaps there was a subliminal message behind the use of these works. I see it as a form of intimidation, perhaps because of the dark and dense atmosphere that this music can sometimes have. In fact, when I listen to it, it reminds me of movies and images about the Jewish Holocaust.


Published on: 13 January 2018