Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

By: Noah Kandel

Ludwig Van Beethoven's Life

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770. Beethoven had seven siblings but only three lived until adulthood. Beethoven loved his mother, Maria but he was scared of his alcoholic father, Johann. One day when Beethoven was a child he was playing with the shutters because he liked the musical noise. Johann realized Beethoven had a talent and helped him become a better musician. Probably, because he thought Beethoven could make him rich. In 1787, when Beethoven was 17 he traveled to Vienna, Austria which would become his future home. Beethoven clearly loved Vienna and its culture. He even played the piano for Mozart and impressed him. Unfortunately, Beethoven had to leave early so he could take care of his sick mother. After, his father died in 1792 Beethoven returned to Vienna and worked with famous composers like Franz Joseph Haydn and Antonio Salieri. Beethoven dedicated three violin sonnets to him. Unfortunately, at the age of twenty-eight started to lose his hearing he tried to stop it by getting treatments but eventually Beethoven lost his hearing completely. Even though Beethoven was deaf that didn't stop him from making music. He used the vibrations of sounds to "hear". Beethoven had a temper after he lost his hearing and got mad a lot. In November 1826 Beethoven came back from his brother's estate in Vienna very ill with pneumonia and he never recovered. So on March 26, 1827 Beethoven was in his room as thunder boomed around him. Beethoven raised his fist to the sky and fell back dead when he was fifty-seven years old. His last words were ''I shall hear in Heaven".
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Bonn, Germany

Bonn, Germany was Beethoven's childhood home. Beethoven lived with his mother, Maria and his father, Johann. He also lived with 7 siblings but only 3 lived until adulthood. This was Beethoven's home until he moved to Vienna in 1787 at the age of 17
Beethoven - Für Elise - Piano & Orchestra

Fur Elise

The video above is Beethoven's symphony Fur Elise. When Beethoven was famous women seemed to adore him. Beethoven never married but he dedicated this symphony to a women in his life.

Beethoven's other symphonys

  • Moonlight Sonata (dedicated to a women)
  • Eroica (dedicated to Napoleon)
  • Wellington's Victory (dedicated to Napoleon)

Beethoven's Temper

Beethoven wasn't just know for his music he also had a huge temper. One time Beethoven swept candles of his piano after he had a bad performance. this just shows Beethoven had some anger issues.


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Germany, Soll es so bleiben.... Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 10 Dec 2015.

Beethoven, Ludwig Van 1770-1827. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 10 Dec 2015.