Google celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven's 245th anniversary with doodle

Published Dec 17, 2015, 4:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 5:12 pm IST

Luding van Beethoven was a famous German music composer and is said to be the most famous and influential one of all time. He is popular for his nine symphonies and they are said to be the “cornerstones of Western civilization”.

He was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio.


It’s unclear when he was born, however 17th December 2015 marks the 245th anniversary of his baptism and Google is honouring him with a special doodle.

Johann van Beethven was Ludwig father who was a singer in the Elector’s court and was also his first teacher. As per the legends, his father was a very harsh teacher and Ludwig often stood at the keyboard in tears.

As he grew older, he fell madly in love twice and it brought more anguish in his life than happiness. Many even believe that it was this that gave him the emotional ammunition to compose the greatest work of his life like the Moonlight Sonata and the Für Elise.

During the peak of his career, he started experiencing hearing problem and irregular heartbeats and many believe that this also inspired him to create few of his masterpieces.

As Mozart reputedly said: "one day, [that boy] will give the world something to talk about". That Ludwig certainly did that and the world will remember him and his work forever.

Google Doodle presents you an animated musical puzzle tracing Ludwig’s journey. The viewer is asked to arrange the musical sheets in order to create some of his popular work. The doodle includes his work like his Fifth Symphony, Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata and Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy).

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