Even with only 9 symphonies, Beethoven is one of the most famous classical music composers the world has ever known. To this day, 185 years after his death, his music is just as powerful as it was when it was created. Learn about the life of Beethoven in this Beethoven profile. For even more about Beethoven, read these helpful facts about Beethoven: fact 1 - the European Union; fact 2 - Patron Archduke Rudolph; fact 3 - Symphony No. 4; and fact 4 - Beethoven and Haydn.