Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Ludwig van Beethoven was born 16 December 1770 in Bonn, Germany to Johann van Beethoven (1740-1792) and Maria Magdalena Keverich (1744-1787) and died 26 March 1827 in Vienna, Austria of possible lead poisoning. Ancestors are from Germany.


  • 1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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‡ General
  • Thayer, vol. 1, p. 53 notes that birth date is uncertain and that only the baptism record survives. The generally accepted date of the 16th is based on the fact that children in Bonn were usually baptized one day after birth.
  • <<citation^^author=Thayer, A. W.^^editor= Elliot Forbes^^ title=Thayer's Life of Beethoven (2 vols.) ^^publisher=Princeton University Press ^isbn=069109103^^url=>>
¶ Death
  • Although high concentrations of lead were found in Beethoven's hair, it might have been only a contributor to Beethoven's demise. Other causes speculated on include: syphilis, typhus, and auto-immune disorders (such as systemic lupus erythematosus).
§ Remains
  • Beethoven was originally buried in the cemetery at Währing, but his remains were moved in 1888 to Zentralfriedhof

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