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Hearing Beethoven : a story of musical loss and discovery

Author: Robin Wallace
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
We're all familiar with the image of a fierce and scowling Beethoven, struggling doggedly to overcome his rapidly progressing deafness. That Beethoven continued to play and compose for more than a decade after he lost his hearing is often seen as an act of superhuman heroism. But the truth is that Beethoven's response to his deafness was entirely human. And by demystifying what he did, we can learn a great deal  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wallace, Robin.
Hearing Beethoven.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017060714
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven; Robin Wallace
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Wallace
ISBN: 9780226429892 022642989X
OCLC Number: 1057893666
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 281 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: Introduction: a road trip to Texas --
Beethoven's deafness: what we know, what we can only guess --
2003: a sudden case of deafness --
The deaf composer --
Deafness, vocation, vision --
The artifacts of deafness --
Ears, eyes, and mind --
Hearing through the eyes --
Epilogue: embracing wholeness.
Responsibility: Robin Wallace.
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A new way of understanding Beethoven's genius, rooted in personal experience: Wallace tells the story of Beethoven's hearing loss, and what it meant for him as a composer-and to do so, he draws on  Read more...


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"Wallace's striking volume is a detailed, erudite study of the effect of deafness on Beethoven's music and character, but it is also a deeply personal account of Wallace's late wife's experience of Read more...

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