Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Beethoven's Life

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770. He had a very bad childhood. He had a kind mother, Maria, and feared his demanding father, Johann. Beethoven was one of seven children and only three survived in to adulthood. At the age of seventeen, he went to Vienna. He came back because of a series of family tragedies. The tragedies were his dying mother, his dying infant sister, his father losing his job, then his father dying.

Map of Germany

Beethoven was born in Germany. Most of his life was spent in Germany until he was seventeen and went to Vienna. He even played piano for Mozart in Vienna.
Beethoven, Symphony 5

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven is the worlds most popular symphony. It is an intense piece with a four note rhythmic cell. It uses the famous da da da daaah. There is not one moment of the piece where you can't hum or tap your feet.

Other Known Pieces

Beethoven wrote many different music pieces like:

Symphony No. 3 Eroica

Symphony No. 9

Symphony No.6

Fur Elise

Moonlight Sonata

He wrote many others but these are only some.

Interesting Facts About Him

  • He played piano for Mozart
  • At the age of 28, he started to lose his hearing but still created music
  • He lost all of his hearing in the last decade of his life
  • He cut off the legs of his piano to feel the vibrations
  • Beethoven met Mozart's rival, Antonio Salieri
  • Because of his temper, he has been arrested
  • He never married, but he dedicated pieces to women like the Moonlight Sonata
  • His death was as dramatic as he was: Lightning flashed, thunder boomed, raised his fist, and fell back dead


Beethoven Ludwig van.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 14 Oct 2015.

Map of Germany. Illustration. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 14 Oct 2015.

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