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As I promised yesterday here I show you a picture of Beethoven's birthplace in Bonn, where he was born in 1770. He died 1827 in Vienna.
He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of music. He moved to Vienna, Austria, in his early twenties, and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. In his late twenties he began to lose his hearing, and yet continued to produce notable masterpieces throughout his life in the face of this personal disaster. Beethoven was one of the first composers who worked as a freelance — arranging subscription concerts, selling his compositions to publishers, and gaining financial support from a number of wealthy patrons — rather than being permanently employed by the Church or by an aristocratic court.

The city of Bonn dedicated two absolute different monuments to it's famous son, a traditional one and a fancy one.
During the whole year it's interesting to see crowds of Japanese tourists taking pictures of the traditional one and visiting the row house you see above - in November unfortunately without Geraniums ... ;-)
The "Beethoven-Haus" today is a most interesting museum with a lot of exhibits out of Beethoven's possession.

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