Ludwig van Beethoven was an eminent German composer and pianist, born on December 17, 1770, in Bonn. He is considered a pivotal figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western music. His musical innovations and profound expressiveness had a lasting impact on the history of music.
Beethoven began his musical training at an early age, exhibiting exceptional talent from the start. In 1792, he moved to Vienna to study under Joseph Haydn and quickly established himself as a celebrated pianist and composer. Despite increasing deafness beginning in his late twenties, Beethoven composed some of his most significant works, including the Ninth Symphony and the late string quartets.
His oeuvre includes 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, and numerous other compositions that continue to resonate and inspire to this day. Beethoven passed away on March 26, 1827, in Vienna. His legacy and influence on the world of music remain unparalleled.