As a distant spectacle or, more often, as a forceful
intrusion into their lives, the revolution demanded contemporaries’ attention, affected
their careers, reshaped their sense of the possible. The awareness
of the potentiality of the masses, like the economists’ search
for an alternative mode of production, was a response to
the political passions and commitments that swept across Europe in
the tumult engendered by world war. Burden or opportunity, disaster
or triumph, politics in the years after the revolution was
everybody’s destiny. The times influenced Lyuzhin, and, in turn, he
molded the times to the dynamism of his inner vision.
Paraphrases from the biography Beethoven after Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works by Stephen Rumph.