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 5’4” 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.