The worlds Greatest Music
By Rob Weinberg,
17th August 2016
Ludwig was still pumping out the masterpieces - even when he was completely deaf. Here's how he did it.
"For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker..." - so wrote Beethoven, aged 30, in a letter to a friend.
The young Beethoven was known as the most important musician since Mozart. By his mid-20s, he had studied with Haydn and was celebrated as a brilliant, virtuoso pianist.
Beethoven's life timeline: 1770 - 1802 >
By the time he turned 30 he had composed a couple of piano concertos, six string quartets, and his first symphony. Everything was looking pretty good for the guy, with the prospect of a long, successful career ahead.
Then, he started to notice a buzzing sound in his ears . . .