Beethoven Ludwig van
Bee·tho·ven(bā′tō′vən), Ludwig van 1770-1827.
German composer whose music formed a transition from classical to romantic composition. His well-known works, many of which were composed after he became partially and then totally deaf, include symphonies, concertos, sonatas, string quartets, Masses, and one opera.
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