Death of composer Ludwig van Beethoven



26 March 1827

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 - 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He is considered the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

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    The "Heiligenstadt Testament". No longer able to hear the chimes from the near-by church, Beethoven realized he was turning deaf and, in despair, made out his last will. Vienna, Heiligenstadt, 1802

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    "Theater an der Wien", site of the first performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio" in 1809 during the French ocupation. Coloured etching

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    "Theater an der Wien", site of the first performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio" in 1809 during the French ocupation. Watercolour

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    Interior of the "Theater an der Wien", site of the first performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio" in 1809 during the French ocupation. Watercolour (1825)

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    Manuscript of Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony "Eroica", and his hearing aid, an ear trumpet.

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    Manuscript of Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony "Eroica" and his hearing aid, an ear trumpet. Manuskript von Beethovens Dritter Symphonie, der "Eroica", und das Hoerrohr des Komponisten.

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    Concert hall in the Razumovsky Palace, site of the first performance of the Razumovsky Quartets by Ludwig von Beethoven.

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    Concert hall in the Razumovsky Palace, site of the first performance of the Razumovsky Quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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    Masqued Ball in the Redoutensaal on occasion of the Congress of Vienna with performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and his composition "Wellington's victory in the battle of Vittoria". Colour print (ca. 1815)

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    Main dining room of the Pallavicini Palace with the table laid for a ceremonial dinner. Ludwig van Beethoven played here during the Congress of Vienna.

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    Main dining room of the Pallavicini Palace with the table laid for a ceremonial dinner. Ludwig van Beethoven played here during the Congress of Vienna.

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    The Helenental near Baden. Much of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony "Pastorale" was inspired by his country walks along this brookside path.

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    The Helenental near Baden. Much of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony "Pastorale" was inspired by his country walks along these paths.

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    The Helenental near Baden. Much of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony "Pastorale" was inspired by his country walks along these paths.

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    Ludwig van Beethoven's house in Moedling, near Vienna. The "Missa Solemnis" was composed here.

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    Theater in der Josefstadt, interior. Colour etching (around 1825) The theatre was opened in 1822 with a performance of Beethoven's overture "Die Weihe des Hauses".

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    Ludwig van Beethoven's writing desk with some of his personal belongings.

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    Ludwig van Beethoven's writing desk with some of his personal belongings.

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    Room with piano in the house of his brother in Gneixendorf where Ludwig van Beethoven spent his last summer.

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    Room with piano in the house of his brother in Gneixendorf where Ludwig van Beethoven spent his last summer.

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    Razumovsky Palace. Prince Razumovsky was an ambassador of the Russian Tsar and patron of Ludwig van Beethoven. Watercolour

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    Police protocol dealing with the safety of Mimi Erdoedy, Daughter of Ludwig van Beethoven's friend, Countess Erdoedy. Signature of police chief Count Sedlnitzky. 1822

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    Beethoven's study in the Schwarzspanierhaus.

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    Ludwig van Beethoven's funeral procession in 1827 from the Schwarzspanierhaus to the Holy Trinity Church in the Alsergasse, Vienna. Watercolour by Franz Stoeber

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