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Beethoven, Deafness and  Musical Interiority 9/14/09  1780-
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The Construction of Beethoven What is the Beethoven myth? Work in groups of 3-4 1. List 2 aspects and give an example of  each. 2. Give some reasons for why the myths  have persisted. 3. What in your opinion are the positive  and negative consequences of the  myth?
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Fabrication of events, letters,  conversations; suppression of certain  sources and strong emphasis on others “No given set of causally recorded events  can in itself constitute a story…Events are  made  into a story by the suppression or  subordination of certain of them and the  highlighting of others.”
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At first “tragic plot” predominant; listeners  found late compositions bizarre and looked  to Beethoven’s life for an explanation By the late nineteenth century, the late  works were prized for their “depth” and as  expressions of Beethoven’s interiority. 
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This note was uploaded on 06/24/2010 for the course MUSIC 128 taught by Professor Bithell,d during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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