Ludwig van Beethoven, portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820.

Ludwig van Beethoven, portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820.

This day in History March 26, 1827, Famous German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven died in his apartment in the Schwarzspanierhaus, Vienna. Beethoven was a brilliant composer who continued composing some of the most famous music in history, even after losing his hearing in 1812. Beethoven never let it stop him, he knew he was losing his ability to hear, and he noted it on some of his compositions as early as 1806 writing, "Let your deafness no longer be a secret - even in art."

Beethoven wrote in conversation books with friends and family and had amassed over 400 of these books at his time of death. Some of the books were destroyed or altered after his death by his secretary Anton Schindler, who wanted only an idealized biography of the composer to survive.

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