Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous and influential composers of the Classical era. It happened he became deaf about his late 20s, but managed to rise above his illness and physical limitations by creating some of the most beautiful and lasting music pieces in history.
His birth date is uncertain but he was baptized on December 17, 1770.
He began his career by playing at parties attended by wealthy people. And as his popularity grew in the 1800, so was the opportunity to travel to various European cities and perform.
He is described as an introvert who was not too concerned about his appearance. And he probably took after his father’s musical inclination. He is Known for his expressive music
He wrote chamber music, sonatas, symphonies, songs and quartets including “Piano Sonata, Op. 27” (Moonlight Sonata), “Adelaide” (song), “The Creatures of Prometheus” (ballet), “Symphony No. 3 Eroica,”Symphony No. 9, op. 125” (d minor) etc
It has been mentioned that Beethoven’s father used to beat him in the head (around the ear area) when he was young. This might have contributed to his eventual hearing loss.
Inspite of his illness , Ludwig managed to rise above his physical limitations by creating some of the most beautiful and lasting music pieces ever.
References: about.com, Wikipedia