A colleague at work retired recently, so yesterday we had the usual lunch out to bid him farewell. As he left, he shook my hand (I then horrified him by hugging him, even though we are both English) and informed me I was five handshakes away from Beethoven.
My colleague was good friends with Felix Aprahamian (1914-2005) a music critic who lived up the road from him. He often used to take Felix to concerts.
Felix Aprahamian travelled to Paris as a young man, and met Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), the well-known organist and composer (his Toccata is very well-known and is often played at weddings).
Widor knew Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), the famous composer, and Rossini met Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) in 1822.
So, next time you see me, shake hands, and you will be six handshakes from Beethoven.