Ludwig Van Beethoven: Classical composer and pianist

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. His birthdate was never recorded, so the day he was baptized is the birthdate he was given. Beethoven was one of 7 siblings.

His father was a alcoholic that made him practice piano day and night. He wanted Beethoven to be a child prodigy. Beethoven's first public performance was at the age of 7 at Cologne.

At age 12, he published his first work " 9 Variations" for piano under his mentor Gottlob Neefe a musician.

Why is he famous?

Beethoven was a classical composer and pianist. He is known for his emotional romantic but angry compositions.

By the age of 26, Beethoven was losing his hearing rapidly, because of tinnitus (ringing in the ears). He used a acoustic cornet, a listening device that linked to his piano. He also wore a ear horn, but later lost all hearing. He tried to hid it, but it became hard for him to perform.

Interesting Facts:

Beethoven was mentored by Mozart (known composer). He was recognized by wealthy powerful supporters like the Archbishop Rudolph, Prince Kinsky and Prince Lobkowitz that gave financial backing to Beethoven on the condition that he live in Vienna and cannot leave. He was able to write and compose freely without restrictions like others had to do.

Beethoven wrote powerful and stormy compositions. He his known for his 9 symphonies, piano sonatos like the famous "Moonlight", his only opera "Fidelio" and many other classical compositions. He used sketch books to write down ideas and sometimes overlapping music on top of each other. He also studied the violin and taught students piano.

Where is he now?

On Beethoven last performance of 9th Symphony, he had to be turned around to see his audience applauding, because he was deaf. He died on March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria. He had a cold and other health issues. Ludwig Van Beethoven will always be known as the most famous classical composer, because of powerful, romantic, angry composing and that he was deaf.