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Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th Year, the Google Way

About 30 years ago, a rural student ended up in a hi-fi intellectual university in the capital and afraid of "Upper Class" mentality, he chose to be in the "middle class" cocoon and avoided the mind-boggling modernity around. But one thing he could not avoid towards the end of his course was that of not knowing who the great man Beethoven was!

Irritated when a Lorretto-lad with slang teased him about Beethoven, he went straight from the class to the library as internet was unheard of those days. Thanks to the beautiful elite ‘class’ mate, he listened to the legend’s symphony in cassettes given by her but surprsingly never became an ardent fan of Beethoven like her.

Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th Year of his Baptism, if not birthday, today, December 17, 2015, Google has put out a Doodle seeking to help Beethoven’s unfortunate journey to the symphony hall by arranging his masterpieces together online.

Beethoven’s trip to the symphony hall in the form of Doodle was created by Leon Hong with help from artist Nate Swinehart and engineers Jonathan Shneier and Jordan Thompson. It was a stretch of what happened to the legend symphony master Ludwig van Beethoven in his life time from school to music hall for an extra penny.

Ludwig’s father, Johann van Beethoven, a middling singer in the Elector’s court and a man too often in his cups, pulled the precocious child Beethoven out of school at the age of 10 so that he could earn some money to shoulder the responsibility of the family and the talented man was blamed for his illegible hand-writing because of this.

Born in Bonn, Germany and baptised on 17 December 1770, he orchestrated the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music with his ever-lasting compositions, which include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, besides his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio.

At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he lived until his death but lost his hearing during the 30s and surpringly composed many of his most admired works during these last 15 years of his life. He died on 26th March 1827 but his music reverberates many of his hearthrobs to this day.

As a teenager, he fell madly in love with two unrequiting loves, and soon began to losing his hearing at the peak of his career. No wonder, his music echoed love and almost all those who failed in love became his admirers but the man could not hear what he created. Nonetheless, Beethoven’s music prevailed for centuries.

As Mozart once said, “one day, [the boy] will give the world something to talk about.” Yes, Beethoven did give the world unprecedented and unmatched music composition that has remained eternal forever. Angry in nature, his attitude may have distanced his friends but only for brief periods as his excessive kindness and generosity overwhelmed their emotions, say his admirers. "And while his romances brought him more anguish than happiness, would we have Für Elise or Moonlight Sonata if they hadn’t?" ask Google Doodle makers.

It’s unclear when Beethoven was actually born, but December 17th marks the 245th anniversary of his baptism and Google has hit upon the idea of reverberating the world with his music. It also gave them a clue to "construct a game in step with beautiful music, whose evocative moods, drama, lightness, and depth made conjuring visuals to match it rollickingly fun. Here’s to one of history’s greatest artists, and to hoping that, wherever you happen to be traveling this holiday, your life’s work isn’t eaten by a horse."

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