The Deaf Composer:
Beethoven After 1817
August 1 - November 30, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Beethoven Center, Room 580
Accessible for the disabled
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Deafness had a major impact of Beethoven's personal and professional life. This exhibit explores the possible cause and effect of the composer's hearing loss during his final decade. It features documents related to his deafness (such as personal accounts and medical records), describes devices used by the composer to aid in communication and composition (such as ear trumpets, custom-made pianos, and conversation books), and highlights the music and critical reception of his final works written during his worst period of deafness.
Curated by Megan Ross and Patricia Stroh
See also our online exhibits.
Guevara Lock of Beethoven's Hair
The "Guevara Lock of Beethoven's Hair," which has been on continuous display for the last twelve years, has been removed from the Center's exhibits for an indefinite period. Please stay tuned for updates on our hair exhibit page.