PLAY: Beethoven gets Google birthday game

Thursday is Ludwig van Beethoven's 245th birthday, and Google is celebrating by asking users to re-assemble the legendary composer's works after an accident on the way to the concert hall.

PLAY: Beethoven gets Google birthday game
Image: Google/Screenshot

Hapless Ludwig finds himself in a sticky situation when a horse eats his manuscripts, shredding them into little pieces that you'll have to reassemble into the right order to get Beethoven to the performance on time.

Image: Google/Screenshot

Googlers have picked out some of the Romantic musician's best-known works, including the Fifth Symphony, Für Elise, the Moonlight Sonata and Ode to Joy – now the European anthem – for you to play with.

Try out the game here.

Beethoven is one of the most famous composers of all time and his work continues to be performed all over the world.

Born in Bonn in 1770, he moved to Vienna to study with composer Joseph Haydn aged just 21 and became a renowned pianist.

He lived out the rest of his life in Vienna, gradually becoming deaf from his 30s but continuing to compose music despite no longer being able to play in public.

In fact, many of his best-known works come from the final 15 years of his life when he was suffering from serious hearing loss.

Beethoven died in 1827 after a lifetime in which he composed hundreds of different pieces of music, and is remembered today as bridging the gap between the Classical and Romantic periods in western music.

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