Beethoven, was and will always remain one of the most famous and Influential of all composers. He has been recognized as being a crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in Western art music.
What is really impressing about him, is that, he composed his most beautiful symphonies when he lost hearing !
Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, ‘ The Choral ’ was composed in 1824, and is one of his compositions that has remained infinitely popular. He was the First composer who used choral voices in a major symphony. Also, he composed only one opera, ‘ Fidelio ’, that took him years to get right. He came up with four different ouvertures before deciding upon the one he liked !
Beethoven died in Vienna, after a long illness caused by alcohol, hepatitis, cirrhosis and pneumonia…