Persevering through failures

Kenzie Alberts

Beethoven and Mozart

Two great composers of their time, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They were both classical composers of their time, but had very different styles that you could see through both of their music. And it’s said that they could’ve met in 1787 and Beethoven might have had a few lessons from Mozart but there is no clarification.

Beethoven and Mozart’s styles were very different for each other’s. Although Beethoven did use Mozart’s pieces as models for his own sometimes. Mozart started composing at the young age of five, his love for music inspired by his father who taught a coral group. Beethoven whoever published his first work at the age of twelve. It’s hard for some people to play piano at the age of five, much less compose music. I can’t image how much both of them had to practice their instruments in order for them to create compositions at such young ages.

Mozart’s music was much easier to play even my less experienced players while Beethoven’s music was harder to play with more notes, requiring more experience in order to perform them. Beethoven’s compositions were also much more romantic than Mozart’s, "as he was a lonely and moody man, qualities which showed in the music" (differencebetween). Mozart’s had multiple failures including when he was refused an appointment to the imperial court, which he then lost his position as a court musician. This didn't stop him though, after he had gone home he wrote some of his most well known pieces. Also in the last three to four years before he died he wrote three compositions, all of which were seen to be massive failures. Beethoven, when he first appeared on stage after being in Vienna for twelve years, assembled a huge orchestra which famous Vienna singers to sing the alto and soprano parts. Although the composition was beautiful people thought the performance to be "scrappy" and "under-rehearsed". Beethoven, conducting the piece, was some measures behind when the piece ended and the crowd started to applause he was still conducting. A member of the orchestra had to turn him around to the cheering audience.

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. He's said to of got his love of art from his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, who was an artist and painted scenes of nature with watercolors. In 1868, when Van Gogh was 15, he had to stop school and work at his uncle's art dealership while his family was struggling financially. In June of 1873 Van Gogh started working at the Groupil Gallery. He then fell in love with Eugenie Loyer but when she rejected his proposal he had a breakdown and threw away all his books devoting his life to god, and ended up getting fired from his job. He moved to Brussels in 1880 and became an artist with no prior experience, but he studied books and had help from his younger brother. He moved to The Hague he met Clasina Maria Hoornik, who was an alcoholic prostitute. She became his companion and model. When Clasina went back to prostitution Van Gogh once again became depressed. Then in February of 1888 he moved to the "little yellow house", but he didn't take care of himself very well and rather than buying food he spent his money on paint. His physical wellness starting suffering but also his psychological health wasn't doing so hot either.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel, today more commonly known as Doctor Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Henrietta Seuss Geisel and Theodor Robert Geisel. He had two sisters, Marnie and Henrietta. Henrietta dying at age five from pneumonia. Growing up he lived on Fairfield Street, he enjoyed reading comics, writing poems and drawing cartoons. He also often played at the zoo where his father worked.


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