Theodore Albrecht

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Theodore Albrecht (born September 24, 1945) is a music historian who specializes in the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.


Albrecht was born in Jamestown, New York, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He is a 1967 graduate of St. Mary's University in San Antonio (B.M.E., music education) and of North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas in 1969 (M.M., musicology and music literature) and 1975 (Ph.D., musicology and history).[1]

After teaching at various colleges across the United States, Albrecht joined the faculty of Kent State University in 1992.[2][3]

Albrecht's scholarly papers have been published in various music journals such as Journal of the Conductor's Guild and The Beethoven Journal,[3][4] including evidence that the degree of Beethoven's hearing loss was not as absolute as previously believed.[4][5]

Albrecht has lectured before performances of various music ensembles, notably the Cleveland Orchestra and Opera Cleveland.[3]


  • Albrecht, Theodore; American Beethoven Society; Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies (1996). Letters to Beethoven and other correspondence. Lincoln, Nebraska, US: University of Nebraska Press.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) Volume 1: ISBN 978-0-80321-033-2; Volume 2: ISBN 978-0-80321-039-4; Volume 3: ISBN 978-0-80321-040-0
  • van Beethoven, Ludwig. Theodore Albrecht (ed.). Beethoven's Conversation Books [English translation]. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer. Volume 1: ISBN 978-1-78327-150-4 (2018); Volume 2: ISBN 978-1-78327-151-1 (2019); Volume 3: ISBN 978-1-78327-152-8 (2020); Volume 4: ISBN 978-1-78327-621-9 (2022)


  1. ^ "Theodore Albrecht, School of Music - Faculty". Kent State University. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Staff (December 20, 2017). "KSU professor earns Beethoven Medal". Record Courier. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Institute for Bibliography and Editing (c. 2001). "Theodore John Albrecht". Kent State University. Archived from the original on September 6, 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ a b Theodore, Albrecht (Winter 2019). "The Hearing Beethoven: Demythifying the Composer's Deafness". The Beethoven Journal. San Jose, California. 34 (2): 44–56. ProQuest 2454439432.
  5. ^ Alberge, Dalya (February 1, 2020). "'Deaf' genius Beethoven was able to hear his final symphony after all". The Observer via The Guardian. Retrieved January 12, 2023.

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