[ bey-toh-vuhn; German beyt-hoh-fuhn ]

  1. Ludwig van [van; German fuhn], /væn; German fən/, 1770–1827, German composer.

Other words from Beethoven

  • Bee·tho·vi·an [bey-toh-vee-uhn], /beɪˈtoʊ vi ən/, Bee·tho·ve·ni·an [bey-toh-vee-nee-uhn, -veen-yuhn], /ˌbeɪ toʊˈvi ni ən, -ˈvin yən/, adjective

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/ (ˈbeɪtˌhəʊvən) /

  1. Ludwig van (ˈluːtvɪç fan). 1770–1827, German composer, who greatly extended the form and scope of symphonic and chamber music, bridging the classical and romantic traditions. His works include nine symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, five piano concertos, a violin concerto, two masses, the opera Fidelio (1805), and choral music

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