Ludwig van Beethoven started to lose his hearing at age 30 and lost it completely by age 50. Prior to composing, Beethoven would would submerge his hands into cold water, then walk around the room humming, before he sat down to write. Beethoven focused primarily upon writing "program music", which refers to "music that communicates non-musical ideas with music (eg. walking through the countryside when a storm breaks out)...
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