DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 17, 2020) – In Issue 131 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we celebrate a classic music icon.

Maybe the most famous of his works: Beethoven’s 5th (File)


One of the greatest composers and musician of all time is Ludwig van Beethoven.   He was born in Bonn, Germany on an unknown day, and was baptized soon after birth 250 years ago today.

He became largely deaf at age 30, which is not an ideal disability for a musician and composer.  However, that didn’t slow him down in continuing composing until death at age 56.

The European Union has played homage to him in several ways, including using Beethoven’s image on the Euro checks.  Also, his Ode the Joy, the final movement of the 9th Symphony, is the anthem for the European Union.

Here is a map of the German Empire by Elwe, a contemporary of Beethoven. The map was issued in 1792.       

German Empire Map released 1792 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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