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At home, little by little, Ludwig replaced his father. The young Beethoven felt responsible for his two younger brothers, an idea he kept for the rest of his life.

Born on December 16, 1770, died on March 26, 1827

His family originated from Brabant, in Belgium. His father was a musician, with a weakness for alcohol. Beethoven’s mother was often described as a ‘gentle woman, with a warm heart’.

The Beethoven’s had seven children, but only three boys survived, and Ludwig was the oldest

By 1801, he was slowly going deaf

His father taught him day and night but his musical and teaching talents were limited. Soon Ludwig learned music, notably the organ and composition by renowned musicians such as Gottlob Neefe.

One of his greatest achievements was composing the Ninth Symphony between 1822 and February 1824. Click on the video to play a portion of it.

In 1781 Beethoven was invited to Holland. They arrived in Rotterdam in autumn 1781. Beethoven gave only a few performances in private houses. He obviously was not yet the child prodigy his parents wished him to be.

Despite his brusque personality Beethoven had a wide circle of friends.

In 1826, Beethoven caught a cold coming back from his brother’s place. The illness complicated other health issues that Beethoven suffered from. He passed away surrounded by his closest friends on March 26th 1827

An amazing thing is, he composed the 9th Symphony almost completely deaf!

Many argue that Beethoven was the finest composer to have ever lived


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