Biography Beethoven (1999)

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Beethoven in 1814. Portrait by Louis-Rene Letronne
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Ludwig von Beethoven made some of the most powerful and inspiring music ever created. His nine symphonies and countless smaller works made him a giant star in his day - the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

But the pressures of fame also made this temperamental and fragile soul go through extreme anguish and raging self doubts. For Beethoven's personality was as intense, unwieldy and extreme as his music. He was filled with contradictions. For example, though he grew to be incredibly rich, he dressed like a pauper and scorned the delicate social mores of his aristocratic patrons; though supportive of populist anti-aristocratic causes, he spent a good part of his fortune in court in a failed attempt to prove he had a noble heritage. And, most tragic of all, the man who gave the world such powerful music became totally deaf by the time he was 40.

A gloomy failure in romance, erratic and bombastic with his patrons and fans, often isolated and lonely, Beethoven's personality is as complex as his creations.

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