Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven
A hologram showing a bust of Beethoven in front of a map of Germany at Oktoberfest in 3012 (7ACV08).
Age56 (at time of death)
Date of birth17 December 1770 (baptism)
Date of death26 March 1827
Planet of originEarth, Germany, Bonn
First appearance"Fun on a Bun" (7ACV08)
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist who is considered one of the most famous musicians of all time and who went deaf at an early age. In 3002, Bender credited a sheet music for Beethoven's fifth symphony to himself. [3ACV13] In 3004, Fry played Beethoven's composition "Für Elise" with a holophonor. [4ACV18] In 3012, Bender and Fry saw, at a history kiosk at Oktoberfest, a hologram that showed Beethoven as a symbol of the Neander Valley along with beer and sausage. [7ACV08]

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  • The hologram associates Beethoven with the Neander Valley because the city where he was born (Bonn) and the Neander Valley are today part of the same state (North Rhine-Westphalia).


    Helmut Spargle: Without the distraction of taste, your mind is free to touch the Zen of pure flavour. You could become the greatest chef ever. [3ACV22]
    Bender: I could?
    Helmut Spargle: Yes. Just as Beethoven was a great composer because he was deaf.

    [Bender stamps on ten CDs, cracking and breaking them.] [4ACV14]
    Bender: Take that, Beethoven, you deaf bastard!