Picture of Beethoven conducting. Like Bach and Mozart, another indispensable figure in the history of music. I often think of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart as the "Big Three"... just like GM, Ford and Chrysler used to be. Beethoven went deaf and apparently kept trying to conduct until it became painfully obvious that it just wasn't happening any more. Sad. What a great, emotionally rich composer.
Ludvig von Beethoven The man who worked so hard to keep his deafness a secret, only to have his condition discovered in front of huge crowd at a performance still beating time after the piece was finished and all instruments had gone silent. To everyone s astonishment, the great composer, Beethoven was DEAF!!
SQUILT - Beethoven's Symphony #5, First Movement