Thursday 22 February 2018

Google's Doodle challenge marks Beethoven's 245th anniversary - can you work it out? business desk

TODAY marks 245 years since Ludwig van Beethoven was baptised.

And Google has launched an interactive Doodle challenging visitors to put the composer's finest musical creations to mark the event.

When you visit the Google homepage an interactive story will begin when you must put together Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata and Ode to Joy.

You must arrange the sheet music in the right order for the finale after Beethoven stumbles on the way to the event.

He became one of the most famous composers of all time despite him losing his year in his 30s, by the time he was 56 he was totally deaf.

"It happens that our story isn’t much of a stretch in the broader context of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life, which saw more than its share of rotten luck," said Google's artists.

"He lost two siblings prematurely, had to assume full responsibility for his family as a teenager, fell madly for unrequiting lovers twice, and, most famously, began losing his hearing at the peak of his career. Despite all of this, Beethoven’s music prevailed."

His actual birthday is unknown with most accepting December 16 as the date.

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