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How Beethoven's Music Speaks Through the Fog of Alzheimer's

16:49 EDT 2 Nov 2018 | Discover Magazine

(Inside Science) — The second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony begins with a minor-key rhythm in the cellos. It sounds like a background rhythm, which it becomes when the violins introduce a second, soaring and entirely different melody. One half the Baltimore Symphony is on stage playing one thing; the other half, another. Next to me, my wife, Carol, leans forward and smiles. Beethoven must have been in a good mood when wrote this, perhaps a bit nostalgic, whimsical. C

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