Ludwig Van Beethoven
-Born in Germany on December 16, 1770
-Family full of musicians
-Gave first piano recital at the age of 7!
-Worked as a musician in the court orchestra, and piano lessons to help support his family
-1792 worked for Heiden
-"Successor to Mozart"
-Composed some of his greatest works between 1802-1814
-Mid 30s, began losing his hearing
-1819 he became completely deaf
-He continued composing after he became completely deaf, and some of the works such as Symphony no. 9 was one of his greatest known works
-March 26, 1827 Beethoven had a public funeral that over 20,000 people attended