Ludwig van Beethoven certainly is one of the greatest composers who has ever lived. I would argue he is the greatest of the greats. Music as we know it traces itself to this extraordinary man. Not only a great composer, Beethoven was a truly noble soul. He was simply: a great man. A man of character, vision, strength, rebelliousness. He was a giant.
On this, the day that the infant Ludwig entered the Church through Baptism, please say a prayer for the repose of his soul.