And it’s about a simple handful of notes, plus a sustained, overextended hymn in the Lydian mode, which [Beethoven] loves and doesn’t wish to see end, because [he] likes repeating questions and deferring answers, because all answers are easy, because it’s not answers and clarity, or even ambiguity, that Beethoven wants. What he’s after is deferral and distended time, a grace period that never expires and that comes like memory, but isn’t memory, all cadence and no chaos. And he’ll keep repeating and extending the process until he’s left with five notes, three notes, one note, no note, no breath. Maybe art is just that, life without death. Life in the Lydian mode.
— Eight White Nights, Andre Aciman