LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

für elise

background information

There is no record of his date of birth but he was baptized on December 17, 1770. He was born in Bonn, Germany. He died March 26, 1827. He lived until he was 57 years old

About his family

His grandfather is Lodewijk Van Beethoven, a musician from Mechelen in the Southern Netherlands. His first music teacher was his father. His father wanted him to be a child prodigy. His father claimed that Beethoven was six (he was seven) on the posters for Beethoven's first public performance

Adult Years

When he was 26, he began to lose his hearing. He had a close and devoted circle of friends his whole life, who thought to have been attracted by his strength of a personality. He stopped performing the piano if the audience didn't give him their full attention

Music career

- Beethoven is acknowledged as one of the giants of classical music. He was a pivotal figure in the transition from the 18th century musical classicism to the 19th century romanticism. His influence on subsequent generation composers was profound

Discussion of Musical Era

Classical Period

Classical Music has a lighter, clearer texture than baroque music and is less complex. Variety and contrast within a piece became more pronounced than before. it has a variety of keys, melodies, rhythms, and dynamics. Beethoven didn't like the restrictions of the classical era. His music was very emotional.

About Fur Elise

This piece was not composed until 1867, 40 years after Beethoven's death. The version of "fur elise" we hear today is an earlier version that was transcribed by Ludwig Nohl. Whenever I hear this song, it's usually played on the piano and it was originally played on the piano

Jacek Kasprzycki. Für Elise (Beethoven).