Ludwig Van Beethoven: A Biography

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Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven is considered by many to be the best and most influential composer of all time. His imminence as a composer becomes even more remarkable when one considers the fact that he suffered severe hearing loss for much of his life and was totally deaf for the last decade of his life; the same time that he was composing some of his best-known and most highly regarded works. In order to understand how a man who could not hear the music he was creating became one of the best composers of all time, it is important to study Beethoven's life. Beethoven was born into a family of musicians. His exact date of birth is unknown because of the record-keeping conventions of his time, but he was baptized on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Presumably, this baptism would have been within days of his birth. Oddly enough, Beethoven believed himself to be two years younger, despite the date on his baptismal certificate. His parents were Maria Magdalena van Beethoven and Johann van Beethoven. He had a number of siblings, but many of them died in childhood. Two, Caspar and Johann, lived to adulthood. Beethoven's family was a musical one. His father Johann van Beethoven was court singer, though Johann was crippled by alcoholism that may have negatively impacted his abilities as a singer. "However, Beethoven's grandfather, godfather and namesake, Kapellmeister Ludwig van Beethoven, was Bonn's most prosperous and eminent musician, a source of endless pride for
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