"So shy was Franz Peter Schubert that his first meeting with Ludwig van Beethoven was his last. Schubert had written a set of variations on a French tune for four hands and dedicated it to Beethoven, to whom he wanted to present the score personally. A meeting was arranged. Because he was deaf, Beethoven handed a piece of paper and pencil to Schubert so that a particular bar of music could be explained. Schubert became so nervous at the request that he fled from Beethoven's home and the two composers never met again."