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Was Beethoven’s music literally heartfelt?

Music straight from the heart: Could a cardiac arrhythmia have influenced famous works by the musical great?

A statue, sheet music, and violin. (stock image)ANN ARBOR—Could it be that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed some of the greatest masterpieces of all time that he was quite literally following his heart?

The striking rhythms found in some of Beethoven's most famous works may have been inspired by his own heartbeat, says a team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Washington that includes a cardiologist, medical historian, and musicologist.

 

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