The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography

The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography

The “Beethoven Syndrome” is the inclination of listeners to hear music as the projection of a composer’s inner self. This was a radically new way of listening that emerged only after Beethoven’s death. Beethoven’s music was a catalyst for this change, but only in retrospect, for it was not until after his death that listeners … Read more