Ludwig Van Beethoven

(1770-1826)

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Beethoven's Life

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770. Beethoven had a miserable childhood. he was one of seven children only three of whom survived to adulthood. Although he loved his gentle mother, Maria. he feared his hard drinking father Johann. His father taught gave music lessons to the children of the nobility.Vienna was Europe's cultural capital. When Ludwig was 17-years-old he made his first trip to this city. He went to study Classical music with Franz Joseph Haydn. While in Vienna, Beethoven played the piano for Mozart. Mozart told him, "You will make a big noise in the world". After the death of Johann, Beethoven's father, Beethoven returned to Vienna for good. Beethoven attracted many friends easily. He studied with composer Franz Joseph Hayden. Beethoven also met Antonio Salieri, Mozart's rival. But Salieri was kind to him.At the age of 28 Beethoven began to lose lose his hearing. And during the last decade of his life, Beethoven went deaf. This didn't stop him from composing and playing piano though.
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Vienna

When Ludwig was 17-years-old he made his first trip to this city. He went to study Classical music with Franz Joseph Haydn. While in Vienna, Beethoven played the piano for Mozart. Mozart told him, "You will make a big noise in the world".
Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven

Symphony No. 9

Beethoven combines chorus and vocal soloists and an orchestra. He borrowed and changed some of Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy" for the lyrics. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony still sings that yearning for people today. It was played at the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989, and at the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

Other famous works

  • Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
  • Symphony No. 5
  • Symphony No.6
  • Fur Elise
  • Moonlight Sonata

Facts

  • To feel the vibrations better, Beethoven composed music seated on the floor at a legless piano.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven lived through the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. It was a time of huge social and political change in Europe and the world.
  • The last 10 years of Beethoven's life, he heard nothing. Beethoven sadly and bitterly mourned the loss of his hearing.
  • Beethoven was very popular with the ladies. He never married, but he dedicated some of his music to the women in his life: Moonlight Sonata and Fur Elise, for example.

citations

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 10 Dec 2015.
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  • "Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven." YouTube. YouTube, 22 Dec. 2010. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.

  • "Ludwig Van Beethoven." Great Composers. National Arts Centre. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.