German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was born on this day in 1770 – 246 years ago.
Dying in 1827, Beethoven is remembered as one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.
His works include 9 symphonies, 7 concerti, an opera, 2 masses, 16 string quartets, 5 quintets, 7 piano trios, 5 string trios and 32 piano sonatas.
His major contributions to the violin repertoire include his Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61, 10 sonatas, a triple concerto and 2 Romances.
DAVID OISTRAKH | BEETHOVEN | VIOLIN CONCERTO | KIRILL KONDRASHIN & MOSCOW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
KRZYSZTOF SMIETANA & COLIN STONE | BEETHOVEN | VIOLIN SONATA NO.5