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Ludwig van Beethoven
December 17, 1770 - March 26, 1827
Nationality: German
Category: Composer
Subcategory: German Composer
      Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most acclaimed and influential composers of all time.
      Born in Bonn, of the Electorate of Cologne and a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation in present-day Germany, he moved to Vienna in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.
      His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?


Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.


Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman.


Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!


The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther."


A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.


What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.


Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.


Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.


Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.


Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.


Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.


Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.


Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.


This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.


Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.


Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.


Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.


Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.


Friends applaud, the comedy is over.


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