Ludwig Van Beethoven | 1770-1827

A composer struggling to hear

Early Life

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born December 17, 1770, in Bonn, Germany. Although he loved his mother, Maria, he had a miserable childhood with his six siblings and alcoholic father, Johann. He quickly began to produce music with whatever he could find, and soon his father recognized it and encouraged it, probably as a source of income.

In 1787, Beethoven traveled to Vienna, his future home. Playing for Mozart, the talented composer predicted that Beethoven would "make a big noise in this world."

The trip was cut short, though, after many family tragedies. However, he went back to Vienna as an adult and made money for his only surviving sibling, now living in poverty, and Ursuline Nuns. Although he had a short temper, he attracted friends easily. He studied piano and, though failing his remaining two students, continued to write music.

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Map of Vienna, 1802

This map was created ten years after Beethoven moved to Vienna. It showcases the intricate streets and passageways of the magnificent city. The map is even so old that the spelling of the city is different due to the past inconsistencies.
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica' - BBC Proms 2012 (Daniel Barenboim)


Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Eroica was inspired by Napoleon's reign of victories in warfare. While Beethoven dedicated the piece to him, when Napoleon declared himself king, he destroyed the dedication, as he decided Napoleon was just as bad as past kings.

Other Well Known Pieces

-Violin Concerto

-Symphony No. 9

-Wellington's Victory

-Paraphrase in Polyphony


Interesting Facts

While Beethoven may have gone deaf, that would not stop him, going so far as to cut the legs off of his piano to feel the vibrations. His death was just as peculiar, as he was believed to have been struck by lighting, his last words being "I shall hear in Heaven."


Beethoven. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

Vienna / Map / 1802. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

"Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E Flat Major, 'Eroica' - BBC Proms 2012 (Daniel Barenboim)." YouTube. YouTube, 4 Aug. 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.