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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Born: December 1770 – Died: 26 March 1827
About Beethoven: German composer, leading classical musician of his time and one of the most influential of all composers. Beethoven was born in Bonn in Germany in 1770. B eethoven is recognized as one of the greatest composers.
Best known classical music pieces by Beethoven: 5th Symphony, Op. 67.; Moonlight Sonata, No. 14 Op. 27.; opera "Fidelio"; piano piece "Für Elise"
His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio.
He displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna in Austria, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.
By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost completely deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.