The Brilliance Of Beethoven
Now one of the most famous composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven's early life was fraught with hardships. His father was known as an alcoholic and disciplinarian, and when his mother died, Beethoven, 18, took ownership of his younger brothers and started a new life in Vienna. Beethoven crafted a life filled with passionate, rich music. During his career, he suffered from hearing loss and depression, but continued composing symphonies and movements that would later be recreated in concert halls around the world.
But what Beethoven really the child prodigy he was believed to be? Research suggests his birthday might not be as accurate as some records show. One theory is his father kept the date ambiguous in a deliberate effort to make Beethoven appear younger and more skilled. Check out this playlist and learn more about the composer's life, legacy and even learn to play his songs at home.