Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. A famous statue of him was unveiled in 1845, the 75th anniversary of his birth, and the first Beethovenfest was held, with three days of performances attended by King Friedrich Wilhelm and by Queen Victoria!
You’ve probably heard of “Rodgers and Hammerstein” – but who were those guys and why do their names matter? It’s as simple as this: when composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II joined forces, they became the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in the American musical theatre.
Ludwig van Beethoven never married, but he was in love several times, usually with women who were married or otherwise out of reach. His dedication to his work and his increasing deafness may have played a role in why he was never truly happy in love or successful at a long-term relationship.