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Ludwig van Beethoven

Born: 17 December, 1770 in Bonn, Germany

Died: 26 March 1827 in Vienna, Austria

Claim to fame: yes, he was deaf but more importantly for composers, he was the first famous composer to make a living without relying on patronage for a steady income. This marked a huge change in the way composers thought of their music. They were free to compose what they liked instead of what their patron wanted. The only catch was...they now had to find someone to buy their compositions.

Married: no

Children: no

Main instrument: piano - his 32 piano sonatas are standard repertoire for modern pianists and is one of the cornerstones of piano literature along with Bach's Well Tempered ...

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