Ludwig Van Beethoven

Logan "Swazye" Storey

Beethoven.......A wonderful musician.

Ludwig Van Beethoven, was a early musician and composer mastermind who was born in Bonn, Germany on Dec. 17,1770. Beethoven was forced to play the piano when by his father when he was young. His practice on the piano eventually put him on a path of greatness in life, playing his first gig when he was only a mere 8 years of age. Beethoven played his masterpieces for royalty, kings and queens. He played on huge concert tours all over and had fans that adored him for his talent. Today, Beethoven's music is said to help calm the mind and help people who study remember what they need to, it is heard all over the world, on the radio, television and people even put his music as their ringtone on their phone. Beethoven had lost his hearing completely by the age of 45. Even though he lost his hearing, he still continued to compose and play. It was said that he had such a passion for music that he heard the music in his head that was being composed, even though he really couldn't hear a single note.


~played first gig when he was 8 years of age (played for royalty and rich peoples)

~started losing hearing at the age of 28

~moved his piano 40 times (complicated due to the fact that there was no dollies, cranes, or trucks available)

~ for the last 30 years of his life, Beethoven had stomach problems that made his life suck, with diarrhea, vomiting, and bad gas

~1827-Beethoven got pneumonia and couldn't get rid of it.

stomach hurt bad

couldn't use the restroom

his skin began to color like a banana

blood dripped out of his mouth

got dropsy (fluid inside body that need to get out can't)

Beethoven's body filled up quickly with rotting fluids

his stomach bloated and his skin stretched out over it like a balloon

doctor's drilled a hole in his stomach to try to reduce the swelling and build up of liquid without anything to put him to sleep or to take away the pain. he was AWAKE for the whole procedure!!! (owww)

there was enough liquid in his stomach to fill up 10 quart bottles

the gunk continued to drip and ooze out of the hole in his stomach , but his stomach kept getting bigger and bigger.

when that didn't work, they tried a new cure. they tried to sweat the sickness out of him

they sat Beethoven in a tub and filled the tub with hot water, then they put a sheet on top of the tub, making sure to not cover his head

after a few hours, the sheet was removed and to the doctors suprise, Beethoven had absorbed the water like a sponge rather then him sweating it out.

On March 26, 1827, Beethoven died at the age of 56 years of age.


Before and after Beethoven's death, people were taking snips of his hair as a souvenir. Years after his burial, he was dug up for the second time and come to find out, 10 pieces of his skull had come up missing. In 1994, a lock of Beethoven's hair came up in an auction,which was sold for $7,300. In the end, it was realized that he actually had died of extreme lead poisoning. In 2010, his skull fragments were re-analyzed. One piece of his skull had a high level of lead, and others didn't.

Modern lead poisoning treatment

For all cases of lead exposure, the most important step is to remove the source of lead. When this is done, treatment is not usually necessary if the blood lead level is less than 20 mcg/dL. However, repeat blood tests to be sure the amount of lead in the bloodstream stays low.

Higher levels of lead in the bloodstream may need to be treated. Treatment consists of taking a drug that binds to the lead and helps the body to remove it. This process is called chelation therapy.

Doctors decide whether to use chelation therapy on a case-by-case basis. Very high levels of lead (70 mcg/dL or greater) sometimes require hospitalization to begin therapy.

After treatment and/or removal of the environmental lead source, the doctor normally will do more blood lead tests. Blood tests help track blood levels until they are no longer too high.

Besides recommending a nutritious diet, the doctor also may recommend iron or calcium supplements. If a child with lead poisoning has iron-deficiency anemia, it is very important that the anemia be treated. Anemia puts the child at higher risk.

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (FULL)