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A portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

Description: Composer, Pianist, Germany
Known For: Beethoven is acknowledged as one of the giants of classical music.
Instruments: Piano
Music Styles: Classical
Location: Germany
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Date Born: 17th December 1770
Location Born:
Date Died: 26th March 1827
Cause Of Death: Cirrhosis of the liver and dropsy.
Memorial: Various theories attempt to explain how Beethoven's lead poisoning first developed, and he was very sick years before his death in 1827 at the age of 56.
Summary: One of the worlds most famous composers mainly known for his "Fifth Symphony" became deaf at the age of 28.
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