Ludwig van Beethoven: the Deaf and Heard

Sense of Hearing: a Medical, Musical and Historical Journey through Time (12–13 June 2020)

A symposium presented by the Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft in cooperation with the University Hospital of Bonn (UKB) and the Freiburg Institute for Musicians' Medicine (FIM) in the lecture hall of the Biomedical Center (BMZ), Building 13, University Hospital of Bonn, Venusberg-Campus 1, 53127 Bonn.

Once they premiere, Beethoven's works are immediately etched into our cultural minds and memories. The fact that Beethoven started to lose his hearing halfway through his life and composed some of his most important works, including the Ninth Symphony and the Missa Solemnis, when practically deaf, is almost as well-known as his music. The “Ludwig van Beethoven: the Deaf and Heard” symposium therefore takes both aspects, Beethoven’s music and his condition, as the starting point for a historical and hermeneutical review of the phenomenon Beethoven from a musicians’ medicine perspective. It thereby places an important focus on his hearing and the effects of his deafness on his psychosocial situation and other illnesses. In addition, the political and cosmopolitan effects of the composer and his oeuvre, as well as aspects of his vocal compositions, are presented in relation to his medical history. The findings of this diverse and interdisciplinary symposium can be download in German or English free of charge.

Patron

Dr. Nike Wagner

Organizer:

Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft in cooperation with the University Hospital of Bonn (UKB) (Prof. Wolfgang Holzgreve MBA)

Academic Coordination:

Freiburg Institute for Musicians' Medicine (FIM) (Prof. Bernhard Richter / Prof. Claudia Spahn)

 

Information flyer

 

 

Speakers and Presenters

Konrad Beikirchner
Cabaret Artist, Musician and Author, Bonn

Malte Boecker
Director of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn and Artistic Director of the Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH, Bonn

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Bootz
Director of the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic and Polyclinic of the University Hospital of Bonn (UKB)

Dr. Eleonore Büning
Music Journalist at Die Zeit and FAZ newspapers, and Chairwoman of the German Record Critics' Prize

Prof. Dr. Michael Custodis
Musicologist at the University of Münster

Prof. Dr. Matthias Echternach
Director of the Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology Department at the Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich

Prof. Gregor Herzfeld
Musicologist at the University of Vienna

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Wolfgang Holzgreve, MBA
Medical Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of the University Hospital of Bonn (UKB)

René Jacobs
Conductor and Singer Classical Grammy Award, Paris
 

Werner Köttgen
Master Hearing Aid Acoustician and Managing Director at Köttgen Hörakustik GmbH, Cologne

Max Brod Trio Berlin
Kerstin Strassburg – Piano, Johanna Staemmler – Violin, Christoph Lamprecht – Cello

Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser
Institute for Auditory Neuroscience and Inner Ear Laboratory, University Medical Center Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Dirk Mürbe
Director of the Audiology and Phoniatrics Clinic, Charité – University Medicine Berlin

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Richter
Director of the Freiburg Institute for Musicians' Medicine at the University Medical Center Freiburg and Freiburg University of Music

Prof. Dr. Götz Schade
Director of the Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology Department at the University Hospital of Bonn (UKB)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Seedorf
Institute for Musicology and Music Informatics at the Karlsruhe University of Music

Prof. Dr. Claudia Spahn
Director of the Freiburg Institute for Musicians' Medicine and Pro-Rector of the Freiburg University of Music

Prof. Dr. Christian Strassburg
Director of Medical Clinic and Polyclinic I at the University Hospital of Bonn (UKB)

Felix Julius Wegeler
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Beethoven-Haus Foundation Bonn
 

 

 

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