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Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Let’s learn more about this legendary composer on the anniversary of his birthday.

On this day in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was born.  The famed German composer and pianist is credited with helping to transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in classical music.  Today, he remains one of the most widely recognized and influential composers that ever lived.

In honor of this musical genius’s birthday, here are some interesting facts that we can also enjoy.

  • We can only guess Beethoven’s birthday. There is no actual record of the composer’s birthdate.  However, because there is a record of his Catholic baptism on December 17th, experts believe that he was either born December 15th or 16th.
  • Despite the mathematical complexity of his compositions, Beethoven struggled with traditional mathematics. Because he left school at the age of 11, he learned to add and subtract but was never taught multiplication or division.  This made it very difficult for him to keep track of his personal finances.
  • In spite of his acclaim, Beethoven had to work hard to live comfortably, In addition to publishing his own music, he also worked by giving piano lessons and writing work commissioned by wealthy Viennese residents.
  • While the composer did have to deal with deafness, this wasn’t the only health problem he had to overcome. Beethoven also suffered from chronic hepatitis, jaundice, colitis, various skin diseases, rheumatic fever, and cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Beethoven died during a thunderstorm at the age of 56. Thousands joined the procession at his burial; his monument simply read “BEETHOVEN.”

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we remember this musical genius on the anniversary of his birthday.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.


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