Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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9 symphonies: Symphony No. 5 and 9 are most popular

Fun Facts

  • Beethoven’s first written concerto, Piano Concerto No. 1 was actually not his first! It was published first but was his third written concerto.
  • Beethoven struggled with math. He left school at age 11 knowing how to add and subtract but not how to multiply or divide.
  • At age 25, Beethoven began to lose his hearing. At 27, he would hear a constant buzzing, and at 46, he was completely deaf. He went on to write some of his best works without even hearing them!

Get to know Beethoven in this video by Columbus Symphony Flutist Heidi Ruby-Kushious!

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