On this day back in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. Two hundred and forty-one years later, Beethoven has become a cultural icon in America. Michael Broyles's new book, Beethoven in America, explores this phenomenon. In honor of Beethoven's birthday, we offer a this free excerpt from the book. Happy reading, and be sure to listen to some of Beethoven's music today to celebrate!