Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

By: Amelia Cappellino

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Beethoven's Life

Beethoven had a mother named Maria and a father named Johann. His mother, Maria was a kind and gentle person. His father Johann was a music teacher who had a strong addiction to alcohol. At age 17 Beethoven made his first ever visit to Vienna, where he started playing the piano for Mozart. At age 28 Beethoven began to lose his hearing. But none the less he never stopped composing.
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Bonn, Germany in 1786

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in the year 1770 (the map above is from 1786). Where he lived for a large portion of his life. But he later moved to Vienna. Beethoven became quickly immersed in the cultural capitol of Europe (Vienna). He played the piano for Mozart in Vienna and died in Vienna.
Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Also known as "Choral", this symphony adopted the theme from "Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller. It contains a very distinct chorus, singing in German. But also has a very memorable beat.

Beethoven's Music

  1. Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
  2. Symphony No. 5
  3. Symphony No. 9
  4. Fur Elise
  5. Moonlight Sonata

Fun Facts

  1. Beethoven would stop playing if anyone started to talk
  2. After going def Beethoven sawed the legs off of his pianos so that he would be able to feel the vibrations
  3. Beethoven had a messy room with manuscripts piled up on the floor and on top of the pianos
  4. Beethoven often worked in nothing but his underwear
  5. Beethoven had a HUGE temper, he has thrown hot food at a waiter and even pushed candles of of a piano during a dreadful performance


(Picture of Beethoven) Ludwig van Beethoven. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

(Map of Germany) Germany in 1786 / Map. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

(Video) Aquila, Decimus. "Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony." YouTube. 10 Feb. 2008. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.