Ludwig van Beethoven was born into a musical family in Germany and gave his first public performance at age seven. His father wanted Beethoven to be a child prodigy like Mozart, and Beethoven did help support his family from an early age composing, teaching music lessons, and performing. He studied with Franz Joseph Haydn. He began to lose his hearing in his early thirties, and eventually went deaf. He continued to compose prolifically and created many works for orchestra, small ensembles, and vocalists. Famous works include his 9th Symphony"Ode to Joy" and his Symphony No. 5.