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Ludwig van Beethoven

1770 - 1827

My heart is full of many things...
there are moments when I feel that
speech is nothing after all.

                                           —Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, in the Rhineland of Germany. He lived in Vienna from 1792 until his death. Beethoven's Father and Grandfather were court musicians. Ludwig carried on the family tradition in exemplary form, becoming one of history's greatest composers.

Beethoven's dynamic musical style infused his compositions with his confidence and enthusiasm. Again and again dissonance is resolved with rejoicing. Fate is trampled by triumphant music. Turbulence in his personal life, including his becoming incurably deaf at 29, tested Beethoven's natural optimism. He surmounted these difficulties through a rigorous regime of composition. In his later career Beethoven's music was even more free and imaginative.

On his deathbed Beethoven was planning a tenth symphony, a composer to the very end. Despite his notoriously brusque manner, Beethoven was revered by Viennese society as its greatest celebrity. His funeral was attended by 20,000 friends and admirers.

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Article written by Robin Chew - December 1995