As a musicologist, Dr. Robin Wallace has devoted much of his career to studying Beethoven. Then his wife, Barbara, went deaf.
When asked to estimate how many times he has performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C min, Op. 37, Yefim Bronfman leaned back, sighed, and guessed, “Oh… surely at least 100 times.”
“Short, short, short, long” is not so exciting when you read it out in words. But for composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Christopher Rouse, it was fate set to music.