Ludwig van Beethoven


By Tommy Mathews

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Beethoven's Early Life

Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Beethoven was one of seven children. But only three survived to adulthood. Beethoven loved his mother a lot, but feared his hard drinking father. His father had no talent but taught children of nobility. When Beethoven was seventeen he made a trip to Vienna. There he met Mozart and Mozart said to him, "You will make a big noise in the world." Shortly after that happened his mother was dying his infant sister died and his father lost his job. He had to take responsibility for the family. In 1792 his father died and he moved to Vienna for good.
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Where Beethoven Lived

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. But in his 20's he moved to Vienna for the rest of his life. Vienna during that time was the culture capital of the world. Beethoven had made many friends, despite his anger. Some of his friends were Salieri, who was Mozart's rival. Also with Franz Joseph Hayden he studied piano. Beethoven started to lose his hearing at age twenty-eight. As his hearing got worse he started absorbing himself in music. He locked himself in his house.
Beethoven Symphony No.3 "Eroica"(Full Length): Seoul Phil Orchestra

Beethoven's Music

Beethoven wrote this music while going deaf. Beethoven was so obsessed over his music he locked himself in his house and was always working on music. Whenever someone tried to visit him he yelled at them. Beethoven wrote this music dedicated to Napoleon. His first dedication was "to a great man" but hearing Napoleon named himself emperor. Beethoven flew into a rage. He rewrote the dedication to 'a memory of a great man".

Other Works

Some of Beethoven's other works include;

  • Symphony No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • Für Elise
  • Moonlight Sonata

Beethoven's Legacy

Beethoven was remembered as a man who wrote music that made people cry. He has written some world-famous music. But also remembered as a man who was made of steel. Beethoven once said, "Composers do not cry. Composers are made of fire."


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Map of Vienna. Illustration. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 11 Oct 2016.

Theseus, Super. “Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’(Full Length): Seoul Phil Orchestra.” YouTube, 17 Aug. 2013, Accessed 13 Oct. 2016.