Beethoven finally admitted to friends in 1801 that he was going deaf. He was of course dismayed that he, a musician, should be losing his hearing and wrote that it was unfair. Nevertheless, he composed some of his most stirring music during this period: Symphony No. 2 in 1802, the magnificent Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano in 1803 and his stirring Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” in 1804.
You can hear the Triple Concerto on 31 Jan or 1 Feb as Symphony of the Redwoods performs its Winter Concert.