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Classical music’s child prodigies
Beethoven was indeed a child star – but not quite as good as his father wanted him to be! He was only seven when he gave his first public performance, but that’s not what the concert posters said. His father lied about Beethoven’s date of birth so the audience would think he more of a prodigy than he actually was. He's pictured here aged 13.