Inside the Hearing Machine

Date and location

October 10, 2017
7:00 PM
Orpheus Institute

Inside the Hearing Machine

EventOctober 10, 2017

Documentary premiere and launch of the CD

Unique premiere of Inside The Hearing Machine, a documentary on Beethoven's hearing machine directed by Steven Maes. This event is also the official launch of the CD with the same title, with performances of Beethoven's piano sonatas opus 109, 110 and 111 by Tom Beghin.

In 1818 Beethoven received a Broadwood piano: he remained attached to it until the end of his life. But those years coincided with his increased deafness. In 1820, a solution came in the form of a gigantic Gehörmaschine, commissioned from the piano builder André Stein, who in turn enlisted the skills of a local tinsmith.

Tom Beghin surrounded himself with a team of specialists to reconstruct Beethoven’s private multi-sensory laboratory. Through a 52-minute film-documentary, the team explains how Beethoven “deafly composed” at his English piano - hearing, seeing, but mostly feeling the vibrations of his beloved instrument.

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(Photos: Pieter Peeters)



Registration is free, but required due to limited capacity.

Deadline: 3 October 2017