December 22nd, 1808: Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria.
Beethoven is widely regarded as the most important musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western music, and as one of the greatest classical composers to ever live.
First taught by his father from the age of 5, who sought to popularise his son as a child prodigy following Mozarts success, Beethoven did not attract attention until his adolescence.
His hearing began to deteriorate from his late twenties, and he experienced the last decade of his life in almost complete silence. After giving up public conducting and performing in 1811, he nevertheless continued to compose and produced some of the greatest masterpieces in his career.
Born: December 16, 1770
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: March 26, 1827 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: Liver disease