By Jim Norton for the Daily Mail
Published: 01:12 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 01:13 GMT, 3 February 2020
He was believed to have composed his final masterpiece while completely deaf. But an expert claims Ludwig van Beethoven could in fact hear out of his left ear.
Theodore Albrecht says contemporary evidence contradicts the widely held opinion that the composer was profoundly deaf by the age of 44.
Instead, the professor of musicology says scribbled-down conversations from Beethoven’s later years suggest he ‘could still hear something’ in 1824 – three years before his death aged 56.
Genius: Beethoven suffered from tinnitus. By 1798 his hearing was still going despite the common thought that he was totally deaf by the age of 44 in 1814, according to Theodore Albrecht
Professor Albrecht, from Kent State University in the US, told The Observer: ‘This is going to send everybody scurrying to revise biographical concepts.’
Beethoven established himself as a virtuoso pianist in his twenties and composed his first symphony aged 31. But by 1798 his