Ludwig Van Beethoven

1770-1827 By Jet Raj

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Early Life

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770. Beethoven had six siblings. He was born to Maria and Johann. He didn't have a very happy childhood. His mother was gentle, but his father was very demanding. Beethoven spent much of his childhood turning the iron handle of window shutters to hear the musical noise. This might be why he grew up so talented.
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Life in Germany

Beethoven didn't spend too much of his adult life in Germany. He made a trip to Vienna in 1787 and stayed there for a while. He eventually returned to Bonn when his mother was dying. His infant sister died not too much later. In 1792, Beethoven's father died too. Beethoven then left Germany for Vienna for good.
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 (FULL)

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 5 is probably Beethoven's best known work. It is considered by many, the world's most popular symphony. It is still performed all around the world today. One of the things that made it so popular was that there was not a single tune you could hum in the opening movement. It is considered very modern for the time period it was composed in.

Other Music

  • Symphony No. 1
  • Symphony No. 9
  • Symphonies No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
  • Fur Elise


Beethoven is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. All of his 9 symphonies were considered great and very ahead of their time. Beethoven is probably best known for being able to compose music while having very bad hearing. He heard the music by putting his ears against the floor and hearing the vibrations. This had never been done before.

Works Cited


Ludwig van Beethoven. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 May 2016.


Map of Germany 1813-15. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 May 2016.