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Ludwig van
[van;; German fuh n] /væn;; German fən/ (Show IPA), 1770–1827, German composer.
Contemporary Examples

In the chaos of evacuation, the question of whether or not Beethoven should be allowed to go to Vienna paled somewhat.
Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer John Suchet January 25, 2014

And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone.
Woody Allen’s Amazing Life Lessons in Esquire Magazine Marlow Stern August 8, 2013

There was a particularly attractive young waitress, and they persuaded her to tease Beethoven and flirt with him.
Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer John Suchet January 25, 2014

My little story about pet pampering turned out to be equal parts Bobos in Paradise, Fast Food Nation, and Beethoven.
Dogs—So Like Us Michael Schaffer March 30, 2009

One spring night four years ago my fiancée and I were at Carnegie Hall, listening to the Emerson String Quartet play Beethoven.
Encounters With Thomas Pynchon Nick Romeo October 4, 2011

Historical Examples

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.
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

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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