Composer who bridged the gap between Classical and Romantic music with his symphonies, concertos, and sonatas despite losing his hearing.
He was instructed by his father after showing a natural musical ability, and performed in public for the first time in March of 1778.
There is no record of his birthday, but he was baptized on December 17, 1770, and at the time, infants were typically baptized the day after they were born.
He was born to Johann Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich, and had a love affair with Josephine Brusnvik, his pupil and the daughter of a countess.
In Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, the protagonist Alex listens to Ludwig Van's sympnonies between stints of drug-induced rampage.