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Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the worlds most famous composers He was born in 1770 and died in 1827 He was born December 16 1770 in Bonn Germany His early musical talent was subjected to the discipline of his father a singer in the court chapel His father was an alcoholic and so the young Beethoven began supporting his family as a court musician He studied under several famous composers - Christian Neefe and Austrian Joseph Haydn He would have studied under Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but Mozart died just before he could travel to Vienna to study under this masterIn Vienna Beethoven dazzled the rich with his piano improvisations His musical style often challenged the norms of the day - he composed works for every major type of music - symphony concerto string quartet and sonata He is remembered today for such famous works like his Symphony No 3 1803 and Symphony No 8 1912 This time was known as his heroic periodAs he grew older he became very eccentric He had a growing handicap - deafnessHe performed in public only rarely and made his last appearance in 1814 He raised his brothers son Karl and was not ideal parent and there was much friction between the two which lead to Karl attempting suicide in 1926By 1818 Beethoven was virtually deaf and relied on small conversation books in which visitors wrote their remarks to him He then withdrew from all but a steadily shrinking circle of friends H died in Vienna on March 26 1827 with tens of thousands of people watching his funeral procession Beethovens major musical achievements included 9 symphonies 7 concertos 5 for piano 17 string quartets 32 piano sonatas 10 violin sonatas 5 sonatas for the cello an opera and 2 masses and many piano pieces He was one of the last composers of a Viennese classical style His style was that closely resembling Haydn
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