Ludwig van Beethoven — Beethoven’s Fifth

Ludwig van Beethoven


Born in Bonn, Germany in 1770, the prodigy Ludwig van Beethoven gave his first public performance
at the mere age of seven.  He began composing four years later. 


At 24, he moved to Vienna, where he produced  much of his life’s work.  He began the composition of, perhaps his most famous work, the 5th Symphony (Opus 67) in 1804, which he premiered in Vienna in 1808.


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The portrait seen through the bottle is from the work of Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820. (Bildnachweis: Beethoven-Haus Bonn)

By this time, Beethoven was completely deaf, as he gradually began losing his hearing from when he was in his late 20s.


He died in 1827, after composing a total of nine symphonies and a score of other compositions, including 138 Opera (pl. Opus) and 205 further works published posthumously.


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