There is a mystery about all acts of creative genius, but none more imponderable than Ludwig van Beethoven's. When he was only 32 years old, Beethoven wrote these words:
"But, think that for six years now I have been hopelessly afflicted… ‘Speak louder, shout, for I am deaf.'…I must live almost alone, like one who has been banished… But what a humiliation for me when someone standing next to me heard a flute in the distance and I heard nothing… a little more of that and I would have ended my life--it was only my art that held me back."
Yet, many of his masterworks were still to come. In this lecture, music scholar Saul Lilienstein examines these questions: How did he do it? How did encroaching deafness affect his music? Are there miscalculations? Some mysteries will remain, but the character of the man and the immensity of his talent are the deeper subjects at the heart of this presentation.
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