In his work, many heard freedom as espoused by contemporary Enlightenment philosophers, like Immanuel Kant.
Audiences know what it's like to listen to Beethoven's iconic works - but to play his creations as a concert pianist is to grab the music with both hands and join the composer in a powerful battle.
Beethoven's compositions combine power, rhythm and deeply felt meaning - and they did not come easily. The composer was ahead of his time, and he knew it, even then.
This year Ludwig van Beethoven turns 250. Though some of his creations have been overexposed, they are indisputably brilliant. And there are still others waiting to be discovered by music lovers.