Beethoven and perfect pitch

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    It seems to me Beethoven must have had perfect pitch to compose while deaf. I know he would use a piece of wood to get the vibration of the notes but still.

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    @zeitaliesin: Not necessarily… Good relative pitch and strong audiation skills would let you continue to compose music even after losing your hearing.

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    Well I hope you’re right cause I’ve blasted mine. I did just read through many articles that Beethoven had absolute pitch, but most of my friends who went to conservatories say it actually works against people, especially when they have to play in early music ensembles or pass tests about a certain Bach prelude or fugue played in a different key. Interesting. I guess I’m happy I relative pitch.

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    @zeitliesin I’ve heard the same thing about absolute pitch being a detriment. Fortunately I don’t have that problem.

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