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Beethoven was the son of Johann Van Beethoven, and Mary Magdalena. Despite his father's hopes, he made little impact on the musical world until age 11. He eventually went deaf, and later died from peritonitis and dropsy.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - An Die Hoffnung - Op.94 - A Score for Voice and Piano