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Americans have stopped growing.¬† For nearly 100 years, data put together by experts has shown that children and adolescents grew about an inch and a half taller every 20 years.¬† But the Centers for Disease Control has stated that Americans’ average height has hit its peak (although my two sons must have not been told this).¬†

I bring this up because there were so many great composers who were considered short in stature, even in their day.¬† ¬†Weber, Mozart, Schubert, and many others including Beethoven were 5‚Äô4‚ÄĚ or shorter.¬†

But Beethoven’s hands were disproportionately large.¬† A famous artist of his day, Josef Danhauser, painted the Beethoven’s hands the day after he died.

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