Transcript of Beethoven's Hair
Beethoven (cc) image by jantik on Flickr Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. His father is Johann Van Beethoven and his mother is Maria Magdalena Keverich. In April 1787, Beethoven played a song on the piano for Mozart. Mozart said, "Keep your eyes on that one; someday he will give the world plenty to talk about." This letter from Beethoven, written to his brothers, explained that Beethoven wanted to find out about his disease. He also said that he felt embarrassed that other people could hear noises, but he couldn't. Beethoven wrote this letter on October 6, 1802, but he never sent it. On March 26, 1827, Beethoven died of lead poisoning. He died in Vienna. More than 20,000 people surrounded the Vienna church where his funeral was held. In November, 1815, Beethoven became the guardian of his brother's son, Karl. Karl's mother wanted to be a co-guardian of him, but Beethoven said he wanted to raise Karl by himself. Sometime in 1815, Beethoven went completely deaf. When Beethoven went deaf, he was 44 years old at the time. No one knows for sure why he went deaf. Beethoven first performed his ninth symphony on May 7, 1824. His ninth symphony was played in D minor and was a little longer than an hour. In 1808, Beethoven first performed his fifth symphony. The fifth symphony is one of Beethoven's most popular symphonies. On May 1st, 1883, Ferdinand Hiller passed Beethoven's hair to his son, Paul Hiller. The day Ferdinand gave Paul the hair was Paul's 30th birthday. In 1827, Ferdinand Hiller cut Beethoven's hair. Beethoven was dead, but Ferdinand Hiller was 15 years old at the time. On an unknown date, an unknown Jew gave Dr. Kay Fremming the locket of Beethoven's hair at the Gilleleje church. In 1946, Michele got adopted by Dr. Kay Fremming and Marta Fremming because Michele did not like her foster parents. In late September of 1969, Dr. Kay Fremming died of a heart attack at age sixty-four. After his death, Michele was first informed about the lock of hair of Beethoven. This is when Michele took possession of the hair. On December 1, 1994, Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara purchased the lock of Beethoven's hair at an auction in London. In the summer of 1999, the buyers of the lock of hair located Beethoven's skull fragments which helped prove that the hair came from Beethoven. In September, 1999, scientists confirmed high concentrations of lead in Beethoven's hair. There were also high levels of lead in his bones. The journey of Beethoven's hair Beethoven's Life Ira Brilliant Bibliography: Stieler, Joseph. Beethoven, 1820. Wikepedia. Full transcript
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