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The Deafness of Beethoven: Tragedy or Destiny?
Beethoven’s world became increasingly isolated throughout his life, but it was because of this that his music earned unparalleled freedom and originality. His distrust of authority, disregard for royal ranking and falling in love with unattainable women were only the start of his troubles. His encroaching deafness was the ultimate alienating element in his path. Medical details in his letters and multiple autopsies have led doctors and scientists to study his condition since his death in 1827. The scientific interest has not waned, with conclusions about his condition still being written up in medical journals today.
This talk is presented by HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and hearing specialist Dr. Jason Archibald. Featuring the music of the HPO, guests at this talk can hear Beethoven’s life journey through his most intimate expression—the string quartet.
In partnership with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, HAALSA and McMaster Department of Family Medicine.
Admission is FREE. Pre-registration is required. Call 905-526-7756 to reserve your seat.
Dr. Abigail Richardson-Schulte, Composer-in-Residence, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Dr. Jason Archibald, Associate Professor of Otology, McMaster
Featuring the String Quartet of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
PLEASE NOTE: Thank you for your interest, this event is full. Please consider another HPO event.
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