This absolutely crucial typo in a Beethoven book changes everything


25 November 2021, 18:55

You knew Beethoven was good, but not THAT good!

A few years ago, the baroque and classical violinist Polly Smith read a text about the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. During her eagle-eyed read, she spotted a small, but very important, typo.

The line of the book was supposed to read: “Being deaf hasn’t in the least stopped him from quickly recovering and continuing his music.”

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But instead, with a slight swipe of his finger, he read:

Her perfect tweet garnered over 16,000 retweets, as well as a few inspired exchanges in the responses. Like this one:

Beethoven typo tweets

Beethoven typo tweets.

Photo: Twitter / @plantypal

We’re sure there’s a decaying joke in there as well.

The author of our tweet, Polly Smith is part of the set Sung art. We also note that Art Sung has undertaken some fantastic projects for women in classical history, including singer Jane Bathori, Clara schumann and Alma Mahler.

Those who can see past a hilarious little typo, may want to learn more about Beethoven and exactly how he composed when he was deaf. This article delves into the fascinating history and science of Beethoven’s hearing and how he overcame this devastating change in his life.

Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 and died in Vienna in 1827. The composer noted the first signs of hearing loss in his late twenties. It was in the struggle of his later years that the composer wrote some of his most powerful and revolutionary music, including his Symphony No. 9, his last string quartets and the piano sonata “Hammerklavier”. We’re glad he stayed.


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