Mr. Holland: He couldn't hear, of all people, not a thing. And because Beethoven couldn't hear the thought of him conducting, or let alone composing, was pathetic to most people. And so to answer them, he composed and conducted the "Seventh Symphony." Just try to imagine, Beethoven standing on that podium holding his baton, his hands waving gracefully through the air, and the orchestra in his mind is playing perfectly. And the orchestra in front of him trying desperately just to keep up. There is a story that in order to write his music Beethoven literally sawed the legs off his piano so that he could lay the body flat on the ground. And then, he would lay down on the ground next to the piano with his ear pressed to the floor. And he would pound the keys with his fingers in order to hear his music through the vibrations. of the floor.
A student: Mr. Holland? Mr. Holland? If he couldn't hear, how would he even know what the notes were? Like, if he never heard a "C" how'd he know that's what he wanted played?
Mr. Holland: Well, Beethoven wasn't born deaf.