Ludwig van Beethoven

Famous composer whose music has literally been shot into space by NASA to impress aliens.

Ludwig van Beethoven

… monstrous and tasteless …

—Composer Louis Spohr

[His Ninth Symphony] puts the muscles and lungs of the band and the patience of the audience to a severe trial.

The Harmonicon, London, 1825

… dull and ugly … [o]h, the pages of stupid and hopelessly vulgar music! The unspeakable cheapness …

—Philip Hale