THE SOUND OF SILENCE. GENIUS AND SUFFERING IN LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Maurizio Giani Antonio Pirodda Fabio Regazzi readings by: Nicola Bortolotti introduced and coordinated by: Pino Donghi Most people know that Beethoven was able to express his musical genius despite his deafness. Which illness affected him, what did he suffer from? Which diseases, and how many pathological stages did he go through before composing his Ninth Symphony, and his last, world-famous string quartets, in the almost-total silence of his mind? “By popular demand”, as the saying goes in show-business, and following the highly successful past edition, Beethoven’s compositions – as he presumably heard them as his disease gradually worsened – are again on the agenda at the Festival della Scienza Medica in Bologna. A touching testimonial and a happening/lecture to appreciate the complex relationship that can occur between disease and creativity.