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Dr. Huycke’s Workout Routine

By |January 23rd, 2017|Exercise|

Ever wonder what Dr Ann Huycke does in her spare time?

I have recently listened to The Great Courses class “Great Masters:  Ludwig van Beethoven” by Professor Robert Greenberg.  I have been interested in Beethoven’s music most of my adult life. I’ll admit I bought plenty of records (ha! Any of you youngsters know what those were?) of rock ‘n roll.  But I would drift to the classical aisle as well.  There was Beethoven, the bridge between Classical and Romantic music, a genius who stepped out of the convention of his time.  I adored him. I had a picture of him on my bedroom wall throughout high school and college. So for me, this class was learning about the man behind the music.

Why did Beethoven go deaf?


An autoimmune disease

Immersing his head underwater to keep himself awake


An accident

Was Beethoven’s deafness the worse thing that happened to him?

What caused Beethoven’s death?




Beethoven unknowingly placed a curse on future generations of composers. What was it?



There was no indication that Beethoven had syphilis. The other reasons are all theories.  Professor Greenberg believes from the research it was typhus that caused Beethoven’s deafness at an early age. The hearing loss was gradual, and the Erocia (3rd Symphony) was in part dedicated to a hero, who was not Napoleon, but was Beethoven facing his own hearing loss. Wikipedia mentions a fall when he was 28 years old with sudden hearing loss, but the Professor didn’t entertain this as a theory.
Beethoven was expected to perform concerts in order to support himself as a composer. While playing his Piano Concerto #5 in 1811, his deafness ruined the performance, and Beethoven did not perform after that.  Some scholars think this was a boon to humanity, because Beethoven was able […]

By |April 21st, 2016|News Tips|
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