Remembering Ludwig van Beethoven – A Genius with a Disability

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05.05.2020 – Bonn – IDN InDepthNews

Remembering Ludwig van Beethoven – A Genius with a Disability
Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820 (Image by Wikipedia Com-mons.)

By Heike Kuhn

The writer, Dr Heike Kuhn, is Head of the “Human Rights Gender Equality, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn, the capital of divided Germany. The other part of the BMZ is in Berlin, the capital city of unified Germany since 3 October 1990.

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, the famous composer and pianist‎, well known all over the world. He was a genius with a disability. Germany’s UN City Bonn is very proud of its famous son, born here, next to the river Rhine.

We immediately recognize his famous Fifth Symphony with the sound known worldwide of ‘da-da-da-daaaa’, written between 1804 and 1808. It is one of the best-known…

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