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Beethoven Writes Great Music Though Deaf

Widely regarded as the greatest composer ever, Beethoven began losing his hearing at age 31 and was completely deaf 16 years later.

As he became more and more deaf, Beethoven grew profoundly depressed. Shortly before his death, Beethoven wrote, "O how harshly was I repulsed by the doubly sad experience of my bad hearing….' [B]ut little more and I would have put an end to my life."

Even so, Beethoven persisted. He felt called ...

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