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[bey-toh-vuh n; German beyt-hoh-fuh n] /ˈbeɪ toʊ vən; German ˈbeɪt hoʊ fən/
Ludwig van
[van;; German fuh n] /væn;; German fən/ (Show IPA),
1770–1827, German composer.
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[bey-toh-vee-uh n] /beɪˈtoʊ vi ən/ (Show IPA),
[bey-toh-vee-nee-uh n, -veen-yuh n] /ˌbeɪ toʊˈvi ni ən, -ˈvin yən/ (Show IPA),
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  • Wagner at fifteen was a poet, and the energetic, suggestive music of Beethoven was mentally transformed into living personalities.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • And other music also which she many a time read; as Beethoven's Great Nine.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Most every child in these days has more and better opportunities than had the great Beethoven when he was a child.

    Beethoven Thomas Tapper
  • No musical career for me, down came Beethoven from my wall, for I was now a writer.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I hope you will again accept my services whenever they can be of any use to Beethoven.

British Dictionary definitions for Beethoven


Ludwig van (ˈluːtvɪç fan). 1770–1827, German composer, who greatly extended the form and scope of symphonic and chamber music, bridging the classical and romantic traditions. His works include nine symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, five piano concertos, a violin concerto, two masses, the opera Fidelio (1805), and choral music
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