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Beethoven’s music was really heartfelt!

Researchers say he composed some of the greatest masterpieces of all time by following his (irregular) heartbeat
Passages of music ‘unquestionably’ match cardiac arrhythmia
Sudden, unexpected changes in pace and keys in music appear to match the effects of the heart condition Beethoven suffered from

When Ludwig van Beethoven composed, he really did just follow his heart, researchers have found.
They say the striking rhythms found in some of Beethoven’s most famous works may have been inspired by a heart condition.
They say passages of music match the irregular rhythms of Beethoven’s own heart caused by cardiac arrhythmia.
The research in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine analysed several of Beethoven’s compositions for clues of a heart condition some have speculated he had.
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The research in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine analysed several of Beethoven’s compositions for clues of a heart condition some have speculated he had.
THE MUSIC OF THE HEART
The final movement ‘Cavatina’ in Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130, an emotionally-charged piece that Beethoven said always made him weep.
In the middle of the quartet, the key suddenly changes to C-flat major, involving an unbalanced rhythm that evokes dark emotion, disorientation and what has even been described as a ‘shortness of breath.’
‘The arrhythmic quality of this section is unquestionable,’ the researchers write.
The team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Washington that includes a cardiologist, medical historian, and musicologist.
The research in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine analysed several of Beethoven’s compositions for clues of a heart condition some have speculated he had.
The rhythms of certain parts of renowned works, researchers say, may in fact reflect the irregular rhythms of Beethoven’s own heart caused by cardiac arrhythmia.
‘His music may have been both figuratively and physically heartfelt,’ said Joel Howell of the University of Michigan Medical School.
‘When your heart beats irregularly from heart disease, it does so in some predictable patterns.
‘We think we hear some of those same patterns in his music.’

By MARK PRIGG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:04 EST, 7 January 2015 | UPDATED: 18:05 EST, 7 January 2015

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