Johann van Beethoven
German musicianDied when: 52 years 34 days (625 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio
‹See TfM›(In this Dutch name, the surname is Van Beethoven, not Beethoven.)
Johann van Beethoven (c. 1739 or 1740 – 18 December 1792) was a Flemish-German musician, teacher, and singer who sang in the chapel of the Archbishop of Cologne, whose court was at Bonn.
He is best known as the father of the celebrated composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).Johann was an alcoholic and an abusive father who often beat Ludwig.
At 18, Ludwig had to obtain an order to force Johann to support his family.Johann died soon after Ludwig moved to Vienna to study with Joseph Haydn.