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Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770 - 1827)

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1770 Born the 15th or 16th of December in Bonn, Germany
1782 Studies with court organist Christian Gottlob Neefe
1787 Visits Vienna, but returns to Bonn when his mother dies
1792 Returns to Vienna to study with Haydn, and settles there for life
1795 Gives first Viennese concert; finds aristocratic patrons
1802 Writes "Heiligenstadt Testament", admitting his deafness
1809 Three patrons guarantee him a yearly salary on the condition that he never move away from Vienna
1820 Lonely and deaf, secures custody of nephew Karl after years of litigation
1824 At premiere of Choral Symphony, is turned to face audience so he can "see" applause
1826 Health fails after nephew Karl's suicide attempt
1827 Dies in Vienna, 26 March
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