Scientists analyzing a remaining fragment of Beethoven's skull noticed high levels of lead and hypothesized lead poisoning as a potential cause of death, but that theory has been largely discredited.
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The symphony received its premiere instead at a subscription concert in April at the Theater an der Wien, where Beethoven had been appointed composer in residence.
Personal Life For a variety of reasons that included his crippling shyness and unfortunate physical appearance, Beethoven never married or had children. More information. No successors came forward to continue the patronage, and Beethoven relied mostly on selling composition rights and a small pension after Shortly after these lessons, Josephine was married to Count Josef Deym.
He studied the violin and clavier with his father as well as taking additional lessons from organists around town. He achieved his goal: Beethoven is now one of the most frequently performed composers in the world.