Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer of Classical and Romantic music; he is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians to have ever lived. Most famous for his nine symphonies, piano concertos, piano sonatas, and string quartets, Beethoven was a great innovator and very probably the most influential composer in the history of music.

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  • 1770 - 1827
    Life of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • 16 Dec 1770
    The composer Ludwig van Beethoven is born in Bonn, Germany.
  • 1779
    Ludwig van Beethoven is employed at the Cologne court under the tutorship of the organist and composer Christian Neefe.
  • 1782
    Ludwig van Beethoven has his first works published, a set of keyboard variations.
  • 1789
    Ludwig van Beethoven takes over responsibility for his family’s affairs from his alcoholic father.
  • 1792
    Ludwig van Beethoven moves to Vienna and studies under Joseph Haydn.
  • 29 Mar 1795
    Ludwig van Beethoven gives his first public performance at Vienna’s Burgtheater. He plays a new piano concerto.
  • 1798
    Ludwig van Beethoven begins to lose his hearing.
  • 1798
    Ludwig van Beethoven composes his Pathétique piano sonata.
  • 1800
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his First Symphony.
  • 1801
    Ludwig van Beethoven composes his much-admired string quartets.
  • 1801
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his ballet Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus).
  • 1801
    Ludwig van Beethoven composes his Moonlight piano sonata.
  • 1802
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Second Symphony.
  • 1802
    Ludwig van Beethoven writes his Heiligenstadt Testament.
  • 1803
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Third Symphony Eroica.
  • 1805
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his opera Fidelio (initially known as Leonore).
  • 1806
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Fourth Symphony.
  • 1806
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Violin Concerto.
  • 1806
    Ludwig van Beethoven composes his Razumovsky Quartets.
  • 1808
    Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies.
  • 1809
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Fifth Piano Concerto, titled 'Emperor'.
  • 1811
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Seventh Symphony.
  • 1812
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Eighth Symphony.
  • 1815
    Ludwig van Beethoven assumes the legal guardianship of his nephew Karl.
  • 1818
    Ludwig van Beethoven is completely deaf.
  • 1823
    Ludwig van Beethoven composes his Diabelli Variations on a Waltz and the Missa solemnis.
  • 1824
    Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Ninth Symphony.
  • 26 Mar 1827
    The composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies of liver disease in Vienna.
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