Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Early life

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770 (or earlier according to other resources). Beethoven had a horrible childhood. He was one of the seven children born into his family, but only three of them lived to become an adult. Beethoven loved his kind mother, Maria, but he feared his hard-drinking, high-demanding father, Johann. His father had no talent yet he gave music lessons to children of nobility. From the time that Ludwig was a little boy, opening the window shutters to hear the music, he was obsessed. His father recognized his son's talent and taught him more, maybe because he thought it was a good source of income. In 1787, when Ludwig was seventeen, Beethoven made his first trip to Vienna, the place he would soon call his home. There he got soaked in to the life of Europe's culture capital. He actually played piano for Mozart! Mozart told him: "You will make a big noise in the world."
Moonlight Sonata (BEST VERSION)

Moonlight Sonata

The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata, is a piano sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. It was completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi.

This piece is one of Beethoven's most popular compositions for the piano, and it was a popular favorite even in his own day. Beethoven wrote the Moonlight Sonata in his early thirties, and did so after he had finished with some commissioned work; there is no evidence that he was commissioned to write this sonata.

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Top 10 most popular music

Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 'Eroica'

String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131

Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major

Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

Fidelio, Op.72

Coriolan Overture, Op.62

Violin Concerto in D, Op.61

Violin Sonata No.9, Op.47 'Kreutzer Sonata'

Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op.80


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