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Bonn’s Most Prominent Citizen


 

On 17th December 1770, Johann van Beethoven, musician at the Elector’s court, and his wife Maria Magdalena have their son Ludwig baptised in the church of Saint Remigius. Presumably, Ludwig was born the day before - we do not know for sure - in the rear building of No.20 Bonngasse. He has his first public piano performance when he is 7. At the age of 14 he is given a full-time job as an organist at the court of Elector Max Franz. In 1792, Beethoven departs to Vienna to join the imperial court. Max Franz, of Habsburg descent, has paved the way for him - unfortunately, as the Bonners find. His birthplace is now a museum. His statue adorns the Münsterplatz.


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