Beethoven was a German pianist, violinist, violist and composer. He is one of the giants of classical music and is widely considered the greatest composer of all time. He was a transitional composer between the Classical and Romantic periods. His early music reflecting more of a classical style, while his later works were more Romantic in Nature.
Among his teachers was Franz Joseph Haydn. Beethoven assumed the role of family provider when his mother died taking care of his two younger brothers. Beethoven lost much of his hearing suddenly after a fall in 1798. and suffered from Tinnitus. The cause of his deafness is unknown.