Yesterday/Today is Beethoven's Birthday! That's right. Beethoven's family celebrated his birthday on the 16th, but Beethoven himself, if I remember correctly, preferred to think of his birthday on the 17th. According to records, he was at least baptized on the 17th. In any case, my favorite composer was born in the year 1770 in Bonn, Germany (a fact that Bonn, apparently, is fond of reminding the world), and died March 26, 1827.
My favorite work of all is his Fifth Piano Concerto (Emperor), Op. 73. Listen to it some time, if you have the chance. It is truly magnificent. The first movement is royal, the second movement lush, and the third movement exhilirating.