Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven
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Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works (including the celebrated Missa Solemnis), and songs.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and... more »

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  • ''No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.''
    Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer. Letter, June 5, 1822.
  • ''Must it be? It must be.
    [Muss es sein? Es muss sein.]''
    Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer. String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135, epigraph to 4th movement (1826). The movement was entitled...
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