Google doodle celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th year

Thursday marks 245 years since Ludwig van Beethoven was baptised, and Google has marked the occasion with a commemorative Doodle challenging visitors to put together the composer’s finest creations, avvording to The Telegraph.

Visiting the Google homepage begins an interactive story in which you must put together Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata and Ode to Joy.

Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous composers of all time, with the German composer’s symphonies among the most influential classical pieces.

This was despite him losing his hearing in his 30s. By the end of his life aged 56 in 1827, Beethoven was totally deaf.

“It happens that our story isn’t much of a stretch in the broader context of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life, which saw more than its share of rotten luck,” said Google’s artists.

December 17 is not actually Beethoven’s birthday, which is unknown, but marks the anniversary of his baptism in 1770.

Most scholars accept December 16 as his date of birth, which is actually a notoriously bad birthday to have. According to research from Interflora, the cold weather and interference from Christmas reduces the likelihood of gifts, or of people turning up to your birthday party.

Today’s Doodle is one of Google’s more innovative ones, and follows a long line of interactive art that replaces the traditional Google logo. Since then more than 2,000 have been created.


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