Orchestra helps deaf people hear Beethoven!
Music has no boundaries, so why should anyone be devoid of a beautiful piece? That too of the famous Beethoven!
In the sweetest gesture, Budapest’s Danubia orchestra is helping people ‘hear’ and literally feel Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony.
The performers are positioned in a way that allows the audience members with the most severe hearing impairments to sit among them, either placing their hands on the instruments to feel the vibrations, or holding a red balloon, which gathers vibrations from multiple instruments conveying them through the fingertips.
Conductor Mate Hamori said the idea was to connect the maestro’s music with those who were most capable of sympathizing with Beethoven—who famously composed his iconic 9th symphony when he was totally deaf in later years.
Beethoven’s hearing gradually deteriorated and he wrote the Fifth Symphony already with his hearing impaired in 1804-1808. As it became worse and worse, he started composing music on his piano so he could feel the vibrations through the keys. Its famous opening motif is often referred to as ‘fate knocking at the door’ — perhaps the hearing loss that he feared would afflict him for the rest of his life.
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