I concluded that this is one of the 'seven wonders' of human endeavor, based on its beauty, meaningfulness, longevity, complexity, and the gathering together of the fruits of so many human efforts in so many diverse fields. (And no, I didn't read the Wikipedia entry before writing this.)
Here's my list (in no particular order):
1. A performance of Beethoven's 9th
2. The Internet
3. Moon Landing
4. The Air Travel System
5. A Performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
6. New York City
7. Personal Automobile Travel
Here's a challenge. Name your seven. Criteria as above.
1. The taming and control of Fire.
2. The mastery of Agriculture
3. The code of Hammurabi and codification of Law.
4. The architect Imhotep and the first architecture in stone
5. Aristotle and the birth of democracy
6. The Gutenberg Printing Press and the dissemination of knowledge
7. The US Declaration of Independence and the concept of a government's responsibility to protect the inalienable rights of all Mankind.
In no particular order:
2. The transistor
3. The internet
4. The internal combustion engine
5. The gun
6. DNA manipulation
7. Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto (in the spirit of the original post)
Most definitely! I have to agree with you 100 percent! There's an ethereal aura as to how someone could have possibly conceived such sublimity! The first movement is very stormy and angry. The second movement sounds like it is depicting a battle with soldiers on horseback. The third movement (Beethoven's greatest adagio ever written) is something indescribable, as it sounds as it was given to humanity by the gods. And the fourth is a majestic and triumphant masterpiece that awes everytime one listen to it. I could rant more about this symphony, but I'll end it here.
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