Beethoven's father was a drunk and his mama was dead.
His guts were twisted up. He was clinically depressed. And his mind was full of screaming from the dying cells inside his ears. Cash was low, the girls he loved couldn't love him back, and the aristocratic bastards he hung around were a constant thorn in his side.
The music would swell and boom around his skull. The oceans of pianos crashed through him like shipwrecks. The deeper he went into the fury of his music, the louder the voices would scream. And eventually it drove him crazy.
Performed by the Cleveland Orchestra. 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $55 to $172 plus fees.
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But the torture kept him going. Sort of like living in Cleveland.