Did you know that in 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven was born? He was a musician and composer. Sometimes he is called one of the ‘three Bs’; Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven, who are considered master composers of classical music. Beethoven wrote more than 200 musical works. Some of his works include Fur Elise, the Moonlight Sonata, the Fifth Symphony, and the Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy). When he was 28 he began to lose his hearing, at 44 he was almost completely deaf. Despite this, Beethoven continued to compose music; some of his greatest works were written during this time.
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Official documentation of Beethoven’s birth does not exist, but it is known that Beethoven and his teachers celebrated his birthday on December 16th. There is a registry entry for his baptism on December 17, 1770. At the time, children were baptized the day after they were born. As a result, most scholars accept December 16th as the day of Beethoven’s birth.
Beethoven studied with Joseph Hayden.
When he started losing his hearing, Beethoven started to use conversation books to communicate. People wishing to speak with him would write in these books. He would either write or speak his response. There were about 400 books, but less than half remain. These books are a great resource and give insight to Beethoven’s thinking.