“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”-Chanakya
The above quote is perfect in the case of Ludwig van Beethoven-one of the the best music composers of all time. Almost all of us have heard the excellent symphonies he composed. But did you know that by the time he was 26, he began to lose his hearing and few years later he was completely deaf? But some of his most excellent works are from this period only-from the age of 26 to his unfortunate death.
He was a German composer and pianist. No actual record of his birth remains, however, the registry of his baptism is still intact today. He was born in Bonn. His first ever music teacher was his father, who was said to be a harsh teacher. But no official proof of this fact remains. Beethoven composed his first six string quartets (Op. 18) between 1798 and 1800 (commissioned by, and dedicated to, Prince Lobkowitz). They were published in 1801.
Around 1796, he began to lose his hearing.He suffered from a severe form of tinnitus, a "ringing" in his ears that made it hard for him to hear music. After a failed attempt in 1811 to perform his own PianoConcerto No. 5 (the "Emperor"), which was premiered by his student Carl Czerny, he never performed in public again. But this did not stop him from composing music. As we know many of his masterpieces were composed when he was deaf. Usually, if people get to know that they are losing their hearing, they would be terrified, they would stop doing what they normally do.. But Beethoven did not let deafness get in his way. His perseverance, belief in his ability and his love for music took him pinnacles of success. And those are the qualities which inspire me the most. His love for music strengthened his motivation to keep composing masterpieces and never give up. That is why he rose so high in the world of music and eternally resides in our hearts. This musical genius passed away on March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria.