Friday, December 11, 2020

7 and 11


This montage from our Podcast Vault revisits a post from June 8, 2012. It can be found in our archives at


This week’s we take out a montage from the podcast vault that dates from early 2012 that features a work by our birthday boy, Ludwig van Beethoven.

The Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, was completed in 1811. It is commonly referred to as the Archduke Trio, because it was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, himself an amateur pianist and a patron, friend, and composition student of Beethoven. Beethoven dedicated a total of fourteen compositions to the Archduke, who dedicated one of his own to Beethoven in return.

Although the "Archduke Trio" is sometimes numbered as "No. 7", the numbering of Beethoven's twelve piano trios is not standardized, so that in some  sources the Op. 97 trio may be shown as having a different number, if any.

The use of the number 7 is significant today, as all the works on the playlist harbor number 7 or 11 – a reference to games of chance and spirituality.

The fundamental bet in craps is the pass line bet, which is a bet for the shooter to win. If the come-out roll is 7 or 11, the bet wins. But there’s more…

The number 7 symbolizes spirituality and spiritual evolving, spiritual awakening and enlightenment. This number also symbolizes knowledge, faith, education, learning, studying, teaching, deep understanding of things, psychic abilities, healing, inner guidance and wisdom, intuition, empathic abilities, philosophy and mysticism.

The number 1 symbolizes initiative, beginning point, new beginnings, new projects, new endeavors, success, intuition, progress, moving forward, ambition, pursuing your goals, inspiration, determination, confidence, leadership, and making your reality with your thoughts and expectations.

Eleven is made up of two ones, but also the Master Number 11 symbolizes illumination and enlightenment, teaching, idealism, consciousness, mysticism, prophesy, visions, enthusiasm, creativity and inspiration.

And you thought we were shooting craps!

As filler today, keeping to the 7-11 theme, a concerto grosso by Giuseppe Valentini – his opus 7, number 11.

I think you will (still) love this music too.


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