Ludwig Van Beethoven

1770-1827

By: Eli Schiff

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Early Life

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770.He was one of eight kids but only 3 of them survived to adults. He favored his mother, Maria but did not so much favor his dad. Beethoven's first music teacher was his father. Beethoven wrote his first composition when he was 13 years old. Years later he had some major tragedies in his life, like deaths of friends and family. Overall he had a hard young childhood.
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Where Beethoven Lived

Beethoven Lived in Germany the first 17 years of his life. Then he left to visit Vienna and he never wanted to leave so he decided to move there. when he moved there he befriended some other famous composers; Franz Joseph Haydn and Mozart's rival Antonio Salieri. A while later he died at the young age of 57, the whole town mourned his loss and gave him a proper burial.
Fur Elise - Ludwig van Beethoven [Piano Tutorial] (Synthesia)

Beethoven's Music

Beethoven made some very amazing music including the one piece above, Für Elise which he composed for a special woman in his life. Another surprising factor is that he was deaf. This meant that in order to compose he had to chop the legs of his pianos and put the the strings and sound board on the ground in order to feel the vibrations!

Other Known Music

  • Für Elise
  • Moonlight Sonata
  • Symphony No. 3
  • Symphony No. 5
  • Symphony No. 7
  • String Trio in E-flat Major Opus 3
  • the Three String Trios Opus 9
  • the Six String Quartets, Opus 18
  • Symphony No. 1

Beethoven's Legacy

Beethoven was a fantastic composer and maybe one of the best that ever lived. Even though he had some problems with his hearing and his anger management people still enjoyed his music and his company. unlike some composers the military had to come and and contain the crowds, and he also was properly buried in Vienna, Austria. Some people think that he good, some think he was bad, I think he was amazing!

citations

Beethoven. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 May 2016.

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Germany / Map / 1815-1866. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 May 2016.

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Marioverehrer. “Fur Elise - Ludwig van Beethoven [Piano Tutorial] (Synthesia).” YouTube. N.p., 13 Feb. 2013. Web. 23 May 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvWuco54FHg>.