Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven

Quotes by Ludwig van Beethoven

1770 – 1827

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was one of the great European classical composers of the first half of the 19th century. He wrote a number of politically inspired works including an opera Fidelio which had as one of its themes the issue of individual liberty.


Literature & Music

Beethoven’s hero Florestan in the opera Fidelio laments the loss of his liberty for speaking the truth to power (1805)

Ludwig van Beethoven