Known as the ‘Shakespeare of Music,’ Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the greatest composers ever. He was one among the pioneers of instrumental music in European culture, and played a crucial role in the development of tonal music. Though deafness restricted him from being active socially, it never trammelled his creativity. During the premiere of his final masterpiece ‘Ninth Symphony,’ Beethoven had to turn around to view the clapping of the audience as he had become completely deaf by then. Despite his loss of hearing, he became a colossus of music, whose fame continues to soar even today. Influenced greatly by Mozart and Haydn, he enriched his style with the power of romanticism. The intricacy and vastness of his works went much beyond the age, baffled his contemporaries, and continues to mystify the professionals and audiences alike. His operas, symphonies, and sonatas are still sung and performed all over the world.