A Deaf Guy Gone Mad

On the unending relevance of Ludwig van Beethoven

It seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt called upon me to produce…

We write the year 1802, and twenty-nine-year-old Ludwig is staying, far removed from the bustle of society, in a peaceful country home close to Vienna. The environment might be calm and beautiful, but he is not well. His hearing has been getting worse for the past three years.

It started out with a ringing in his ears, which did not go away again on its own but…