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Beethoven was deaf?

Let’s put aside everything we have said about Beethoven and consider this issue. It is an ugly question that probably will make the assault, but no less interesting.

What is the evidence that Beethoven was deaf? Scrounging through literature and websites showing many anecdotes, letters, and references to an autopsy report (the original was lost). It looks very promising, but we really can not say definitely whether it is genuine. This is where this position begins to look like a conspiracy theory, but rest assured, I’m just trying to use an example to make a larger philosophical question.

Beethoven’s greatest legacy may be the development of the idea of ​​the way we think of artists. His music has broken the traditional boundaries and the origin of the idea, very special melancholic artist (as opposed to the old craft status composers). At that time, his music was very progressive and very criticized. This does not mean that his music was bad, it was probably quite surprising, however, was not what people were used to, and people accept progress, you need to think it’s worth your time to do it. Here it is where it gets interesting. For arguments sake, let’s say Beethoven was a genius. The problem for him was: How do I get people to give a chance to this music?

Imagine that you are a citizen of the 19th century’s Friday night and you’re looking to go out and have some fun. You hear that a concert is given with a new piece of Beethoven. You’re a little concerned. The rumor that match will then Beethoven deaf hear … What? At this point, you are totally interested. You feel compelled to go, even if it’s just for fun chaos music. This is exactly the kind of person to Beethoven trap. Their minds would be open and without waiting for the usual music of the classical era. What happens when you go to this concert and the music is really good? It is human nature to love the stories of courageous people to overcome the tragedy, people want related to your music is good and would be more likely to pay attention and accept his eccentricities engineering. Beethoven was known to stop the concert, if he was not given all the attention. Are not his deafness he just wanted attention?

One reason that Beethoven’s deafness could be regarded as a wake-up call is the way that revealed his anguish at all. Whether or not his deafness was real, it is clear that he was posing as romantic as possible, trying to arouse feelings of sympathy or admiration for their courage to accept the challenge of life had to offer. I would say a great example of this is the report to be invited to his home in 1814, after which began playing the piano very strong (which also can be heard), but noted that “it is not pretty?”. Apparently, this had a great effect on clients who feel a deep sympathy for him and his courage. Joli. Another piece of evidence for his own fiction is in his letters in which he says things like: “Living alone in his art will be restricted if its defective sense, remains the only life for you” or my personal favorite! “Trumpets perfect pitch as much as possible, and then to travel, what you need for yourself, for humanity and the Almighty is the only way you can develop all that is still locked in you – and a small yard – a small chapel, – wrote the music and have done for the glory of the Almighty, the Lord, the Infinite — “. Oh, how tragic character who is. What makes it more charismatic is that it is a true story! References to religion are particularly interesting. He gives so much to say that is driven by the divine forces.

It seems that he tried to use a gadget or create a character for himself. Where would he have had such an idea? Why the timing of this “deafness” logical historically? The answer to both questions could be Mozart. The concept is ideal for Mozart Beethoven’s deafness father.

Mozart was also, to a lesser extent, a romantic character. His music is based on history. The story of a boy genius, born only to compose and love. He wrote symphonies when he was 8. Wow! No matter that the music was bad, people do not care about the music that mattered history. His father was also a musician, so who knows how many of these early works were actually Wolfgang. I’m not saying that all Mozart was a sham and that he is a composer of no value, only that it is based on a gimmick. His music later, it is really very good. However, the staff was very successful and everyone wanted to see the natural phenomenon that was Mozart. The child genius idea caught on and many people tried to replicate. Beethoven, a great admirer of Mozart may have seen this trick and wanted to have his own. Thus he was born the age of tricks (which is still alive today).

The trick is a powerful tool in the art. The legacy of Beethoven showed us. Ask someone today about Beethoven, and you will be as likely to hear a reference to his deafness in admiration for a particular room. In fact, I would say that the average person can not only Beethoven’s deafness. To demonstrate the power of the trick, imagine a person showing the second movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. It is a beautiful piece to be sure. Imagine his face when you tell them it was written by a deaf composer and he saved him from suicide. Just then, the piece becomes a beautiful piece with a convincing witness to the triumph of human perseverance. While this is true only partially communicated, the effect it has on the listener is huge. My question is: If I can create such powerful background effect, why a genius like Beethoven did not try to use is strategically?

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