Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Beethoven's Early Life

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770, Beethoven had a miserable childhood. He was one of seven children, but only 3 of them made it to adulthood. His mother was named Maria and his alcoholic father was named Johann. His father recognized the boy's ability and nurtured it, possibly because he saw it as source of income. In 1787, when he was 17, he made his first trip to Vienna, which would soon be his home. His living years were from 1770 to 1827.
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Where Beethoven Lived

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, but when he was seventeen he moved to Vienna and he lived there for the rest of his life. He soon return to Bonn, Germany to his dying mother; Shortly after, his infant sister died. After his father lost his job, Beethoven had to take responsibility for his family. After his fathers death in 1792, Beethoven returned to Vienna and continued composing music.
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica' - BBC Proms 2012 (Daniel Barenboim)

Beethoven's Music

Beethoven was know mostly for his music and symphony's, but he was also know for his temper. Beethoven wrote a total of nine symphony's in his entire life, symphony number three, five, six, and nine are considered the greatest of the great. composing music was getting harder for Beethoven since he was slowly losing his ability to hear. A way he over came this was by chopping off the legs of the pianos and putting his cheek to the floor to hear the vibrations of all of the different notes.
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Other Music By Beethoven

  • Eroica (Symphony 3)

  • Fur Elise

  • Moonlight Sonata

  • Symphony’s 1-9

  • Ode To Joy

Other Interesting Facts

Beethoven's temper was very famous. There are stories about him throwing food at waiters, throwing candles off of his piano because of a bad performance. Perhaps he was so mad because he was loosing his ability to hear or he was completely worried about his music sounding good. when he was composing and was deaf he could not hear when the musicians stopped playing so a person would have to pull on his sleeve to make him turn around to a standing ovation.


Beethoven Picture: BEETHOVEN Ludwig van Ludwig.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 15 Oct 2015.

Map of Vienna: Vienna / Map / 1802. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 15 Oct 2015.

Beethoven Picture (color):

Ludwig van Beethoven.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 15 Oct 2015.