Music: The Bread of Geniuses

Pianist Arthur Schnabel and physicist Albert Einstein, who was a fairly good violinist, were playing a Mozart sonata. Einstein became hopelessly lost at one point. When they stopped, Schnabel asked, “Albert, can’t you count?”

(as posted by Tom Holzman on Violinist.com, March 12, 2005.)


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  1. this story is wrong.
    more about einstein the violin player from the albert einstein archives.

  2. Well, such are the ways of fun anecdotes on the forums… =) In fact, I think I’ve heard this story floating around with the names of other pianists inserted, too.

    Thanks for the head’s up, Barbara! I’ll check out the Einstein Archives in a bit, and see what we can find….

  3. And, here’s a heads-up for Barbara:

    Anecdote (noun): A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.

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