Abstract

Musicologists, historians, and physicians have speculated that Beethoven experienced cardiac arrhythmias, and that they manifest in specific compositions. Based on what is known about Beethoven’s medical issues, this seems a reasonable assumption to make. This essay strengthens the hypothesis that Beethoven suffered from cardiac arrhythmias by placing Beethoven’s music in its historical context, and by identifying several compositions that may reflect Beethoven’s experience of an arrhythmia.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 285-294
Launched on MUSE
2014-12-27
Open Access
No
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