Beethoven has to have a mention on the list of greatest musicians of all time despite the fact that no one really sings along to a Beethoven song. The German composer created some of the best symphonies that form the basis of music as we know it today.
Born in Bonn, Germany, in 1770, Ludwig was a special character from early in life. His father’s Johan Van Beethoven had a great influence on his early interest in composition, alongside Christian Gottlob Neefe. Ludwig was an integral part of the transition between two key eras of music: The Classical era and the Romantic era.
Aged 21, Ludwig moved to Vienna and continued pursuing an education in music. His prowess with the piano was renowned and earned him a reputation as a virtuoso.
In his lengthy career, Beethoven produced numerous great compositions. Some of the most famous from this list include 1 Violin Concerto, Nine Symphonies, 16 String Quartets, 32 Piano Sonatas, and 5 Piano Concertos.
At the time of his death, Beethoven was completely deaf. However, it was never really pinpointed when the disability descended on him, or the cause of it. This is because he was notably silent throughout his life.