Ludwig Van Beethoven(1770-1827)

The Composer of the Classical by Vikram Menon

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Picture of Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. He was one of eight kids but only 3 of them survived to adulthood. He loved his mother Maria but his father was very strict. Beethoven's first music teacher was his father. Beethoven wrote his first composition when he was 13 years old.
Beethoven-Fur Elise

Fur Elise

Fur Elise was a piano piece that was written for a girl named Elise. It was published in 1867 after he died in 1827. The piece in the key of A minor. He composed this at around the time he was going deaf. He probably had many women in his life but never got married.

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Beethoven's Home

Ludwig van Beethoven was born and baptized in Bonn, Germany. He lived there for a while but soon fell in love with the city Vienna, Austria. In 1792, Beethoven moved to Austria for good. In Vienna, Beethoven made friends with composers such as Franz Joseph Haydn and Salieri.

Other Music

Beethoven wrote nine symphonies in total. His first and his last were his most famous. His symphony number 5 is the known beat of duh- duh- duh- duhhhh. He wrote his first symphony when he was 28 years old. His symphonies are now studied and played all over the world.

Fun Facts

Beethoven started losing his hearing. Soon he was completely deaf. He wrote most of his music after he was deaf. When he was deaf, he played and composed by chopping off the legs of his piano and using the vibrations. He also had a horrible temper and got very angry


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