Who Was Ludwig van Beethoven?
#LudwigvanBeethoven (December 1770 to March 26, 1827) was a German pianist and composer widely considered the greatest of all time.
How could Beethoven, living in 19th-century Vienna, have garnered a ‘precise knowledge’ of west African polyrhythmic traditions?
This thesis rests on the argument that Beethoven wanted to conceal his African origins. It is suggested that his father was Frederick II of Prussia and his mother one of the king’s kammermohr, African room servants. (This claim is based on an entry in the 19th-century Dictionnaire Historique des Musiciens and is part of a long-standing tradition of turning great men into princes by genetic default, thus proving the essential elevation of royal blood. It will surprise many since Frederick II’s homosexuality is well-known - it’s several degrees of bonkers-ness above the more long-standing theory from many purveyors of the Beethoven-was-black idea: as Rinehart says, which has it that his mother’s family traces its lineage back to Spanish-controlled Flanders; Beethoven’s blackness is thanks to from the close connection between the Spanish and the Moors.) #BlackBeethoven