Thought piece by Shelby Britt. I grew up on classical music. Every night for years, my mom would turn on Mozart’s ... [Read more]
Let My Deafness No Longer be a Secret, Even in My Art
June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Speaker: Bruce Adolphe, OtHA Artistic Director and composer
Program: As early as 1806, Beethoven wrote in the margins of his sketchbook for the Razumovsky Quartets: “Let your deafness no longer be a secret — even in art.” Surely, this proclamation must be taken seriously and while no musical manifestation of his deafness can be definitively proved, the challenge to discover passages that musically proclaim Beethoven’ struggle with aspects of deafness, especially tinnitus, is worth investigating. The Romantic image of Beethoven as a suffering artist tends to overshadow the reality of Beethoven as a suffering human being who was an artist. His tinnitus and deafness cry out from the page for us to hear. Join Bruce Adolphe for a detailed examination of Beethoven’s musical depictions of tinnitus.
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