VIDEO: Oliver Condy on Beethoven

Find out more about the life and work of this giant of classical music with BBC Music Magazine Editor, Oliver Condy.

You can’t overstate Beethoven’s influence on western culture. He single-handedly brought classical music into the modern age and was, according to Oliver Condy, “a god amongst composers”. This was all in spite of facing huge adversity over the course of his lifetime, including crippling deafness and unrequited love.