Ludwig Van Beethoven: My Immortal Beloved

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Ludwig van Beethoven, known worldwide as the most tremendous composer of all time, was born around 16 December 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Despite his correct birth date being undecided, Ludwig was baptized on 17 December 1770. Due to law at the time, babies were baptized within 24 hours, so his most likely birthdate would be 16 December 1770.

Beethoven had two younger brothers: Caspar and Johann. Beethoven’s mother, Maria, was gentle and well principled. Johann, his father, was an ungifted singer, was more known for his drinking than his musical capability. Nevertheless, Ludwig’s grandfather, the man he was named after, was one of Bonn’s most renowned musicians, and was where Ludwig could find infinite inspiration.

Beethoven studied the clavier
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Hotheaded, distracted and greedy, Beethoven had fights with his brothers, his publishers, his housekeepers, his pupils and his patrons.

For a variety of reasons, including his shyness and unfortunate looks, Ludwig never married or had children. He was, however desperately in love with a woman whom he called “My Immortal Beloved”. The identity of the woman is controversial; in the Immortal Beloved movie, it is Johanna Reis, but some people believe it was Antonie Brentano.

The death of his brother Caspar in 1815 influenced one of the great trials in Ludwig’s life, a legal battle with his sister-in-law, Johanna, over the custody of Karl van Beethoven, his nephew. The battle stretched on for several years. Beethoven won and Karl become like a son to him.

Despite the struggles he faced, Beethoven composed his best music near the end of his life. Beethoven’s 9th and final symphony, completed in 1824, remains the composer’s most memorable achievement.

Beethoven died on the 26 March 1827. An autopsy also supplied clues to the start of his deafness. While his short temper, chronic diarrhea and deafness are regular with arterial disease; an opposing theory traces Beethoven’s deafness to contracting typhus in the summer of
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