Beethoven's father creates a child prodigy
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Beethoven: 20 facts about the great composer
2. Beethoven's father creates a child prodigy
Never mind the exact date, the year of Beethoven’s birth is sometimes questioned, and for years the composer thought he was born in 1772, two years too late. This may have been a deliberate deception on the part of his father (pictured) to make the musical prodigy seem younger – and therefore, more advanced for his age – than he actually was.