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Ludwig van Beethoven: A Biography of the Great German Composer and Pianist



Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist who was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. He remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music; his works rank among the most performed of the classical music repertoire and span the transition from the Classical period to the Romantic era in classical music.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven was baptized on December 17, 1770, which is why historians place his birth a day earlier, on December 16 of 1770. He was born into a family of musicians and his father was his first teacher. Beethoven’s hearing began to deteriorate in his late twenties, yet he continued to compose and conduct even after he became completely deaf. Beethoven’s compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, thirty-two piano sonatas, sixteen string quartets, two masses and an opera. His most famous works include Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Moonlight”, Op. 27 No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor “Pathétique”, Op. 13; and Für Elise.