Beethoven’s hearing loss was gradual, but he never gave up playing the piano. By 1814, however, he couldn’t hear anything and gave his last performance with the piece “Piano Trio, No. 7.” I can feel his desperation when I listen to this music, and I ask myself, “Have I ever been so desperate about something as he was?” Emotional honesty is beautiful.

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