Johann van Beethoven


Birthday November 14, 1740

Birth Sign Scorpio

Birthplace Belgium

DEATH DATE Dec 18, 1792 (52)

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German musician and music teacher best known as the father of one of history's greatest composers.

Before Fame

He was the son of a German court musician and began performing for the court himself as a singer. He was also proficient in the zither, violin, clavichord, and harpsichord.


He suffered from alcoholism and was a violent taskmaster when it came to his famous son's musical training.

Family Life

He married Maria Magdalena Keverich, the daughter of the Archbishop of Trier. Together, they had three children who survived.

Associated With

His oldest son was Moonlight Sonata composer Ludwig van Beethoven.