We all know how soothing music can be when our heart is broken. Or how we jump around on up-beat tempo music when we are in love. Recently cardiologists found out that listening to music can strengthen the heart and improve the recovery of patients suffering from heart disease. There is a connection between the heart and music.
The music of Ludwig van Beethoven was probably also affected by his heart.. Researchers at the University of Washington found out that when a person has an arrhythmia, it happens in patterns. These heart rhythm problems of Beethoven affected his work. The picture shows the rythm of a person with arrhythmia:
These same patterns coincide with sudden and unexpected changes in rhythm and key found in Beethovens’ later work: for instance his ninth symphony. His heartbeat must have been a focus point for him because he was almost deaf.
Zachary Goldberger publiced an article in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine called The heartfelt music of Beethoven. And because there is a connection we can all feel between music an the heart: the way your heart beats in synch with a drum, this relationship might just open very interesting perspectives.
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