Lugwig Van Beethoven from 1770-1827

Sophia Chowdhury

Beethoven's Early Life

Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770. Beethoven had a miserable childhood. He loved his mother very much but he feared of his always drinking father. He was one of seven children, only three of whom survived to adulthood. His father had no great talent, but he gave music lessons to the children of the nobility. In 1787, when he was only 17 years old, he made his first trip to Vienna. There he was impressed by all of the amazing buildings and people. He later met a well known composer named Mozart.

Where Beethoven Lived

Beethoven lived in Vienna from 1792 to his death in 1827, among a circle of friends, independent of any kind of official position or private service. In 1796 he made a trip to northern Germany, where his schedule included a visit to the court of King Frederick William of Prussia, an amateur cellist. Later Beethoven made several trips to Budapest, Hungary. In 1808 Beethoven received an invitation to become music director at Kassel, Germany. This alarmed several of his wealthy Viennese friends, who formed a group of backers and agreed to guarantee Beethoven an annual salary of 1,400 florins to keep him in Vienna. He thus became one of the first musicians in history to be able to live independently on his music salary.
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 | Gustavo Dudamel [HD]

Beethoven's Music

Beethoven is acknowledged as one of the giants of classical music. His music features twice on the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record containing a broad sample of the images, common sounds, languages, and music of Earth, sent into outer space with the two Voyager probes. Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, nine concertos, and a variety of other orchestral music, ranging from overtures and incidental music for theatrical roductions to other miscellaneous "occasional" works, written for a particular occasion. Of the concertos, seven are widely known (one violin concerto, five piano concertos, and one triple concerto for violin, piano, and cello); the other two are an unpublished early piano concerto and an arrangement of the Violin Concerto for piano and orchestra symphonies.

Other Fmous Music

Symphony #3: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 (also Italian Sinfonia Eroica, Heroic Symphony) is a structurally rigorous composition which marked the beginning of the creative middle-period of the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven.


The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written between 1804–1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies. First performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as "one of the most important works of the time".

Beethoven's Legacy

Beethoven was one of the greatest classical musician of his time and his music has stood the test of time, being popular even today. The Beethoven Monument, Bonn, was unveiled on August in 1845, in honor of his 75th anniversary. It was the first statue of a composer created in Germany, and the music festival that accompanied the unveiling was the impetus for the very hasty construction of the original Beethovenhalle in Bonn. A statue to Mozart had been unveiled in Salzburg, Austria in 1842. Vienna did not honor Beethoven with a statue until 1880.