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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Composer

Beethoven has a prominent place in the pantheon of composers, for his influence has stretched far beyond his stature even as the greatest German composer of the Classical period.

After an unhappy childhood there were abortive attempts at studying with Albrectsberger and Salieri. He settled in Vienna establishing himself as a freelance musician, rebelling against the common practice of court patronage. Deafness afflicted him from early manhood and eventually became total, bringing to an end his performing career but not his composing.

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