Monday, July 30, 2007

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Ludwig van Beethoven was a classical composer who was baptized on December 17, 1770 and died on March 26, 1827. Many people believe Beethoven was the single greatest composer of all time. He is undoubtedly one of the best known and most loved. His most famous works include his 5th Symphony, 9th Symphony, Fur Elise, and the Moonlight Sonata. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. His mother was Magdalena Keverich and his father was Johann Beethoven.

They named his son after his grandfather. He moved to Vienna when he was 22, where he studied under Franz Joseph Haydn. In Vienna he earned a reputation as a piano virtuoso, and began publishing his own compositions soon after. By the early 1800s he had established his reputation as a great and daring composer. Beethoven began to lose his hearing at least by 1801. He continued composing nonetheless, and his most famous work, the 9th Symphony, was composed after he had become totally deaf. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Ludwig van Beethoven.]

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