Ludwig Van Beethoven

Living Years: 1770 to 1827 Created by Yetayal Tizale

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Early Life

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1700. He was one of the seven children in the family. Beethoven didn't have a very good childhood. His father, Johann, was a hard drinking alcoholic and demanding person. On the other hand, Beethoven loved his mother Maria very much. His father gave music lessons to the children of the nobility for a living. As a young boy, Beethoven would try and hear musical sounds by turning the iron handle of the window. He was consumed by music at a young a young age and caught the attention of his father. Johann encouraged Beethoven's ability and continued forward with it. At the age of seventeen, Beethoven made his way to Vienna in 1787. Vienna was one the musical capitals in Europe and Vivaldi adapted with the culture very quickly.
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Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. He lived there for seventeen years and decided to take his first trip to Vienna, Austria. After he had left, many tragedies occurred in his families. Therefore he had to return to his mother which was at deaths door. Also, a bit later Beethoven's infant sister had died. Beethoven had to take care of his family when his father lost his job. In 1792, his father died and Beethoven returned to Vienna. Sadly, Beethoven died on 1827 in Vienna. This was due to his illness with pneumonia. Twenty thousand people came to his funeral and was buried in Vienna's Central Cemetery.
Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven


Beethoven was well known for his music. His most popular works of music were symphonies number 3,5,6, and 9. Symphony number 3 was called "Eroica". It was for the First Consul of France named Napoleon Bonaparte. But when Beethoven found out Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself Emperor, he lost respect for him and went into rage, Symphony number 5 is the most popular one of from all of them. It is known for the famous "da-da-da-daaah" and the intensity of it. Symphony number 6 was composed in 1808. This symphony is more about his love for the pleasures of the countryside. Lastly, symphony number 9 was very dynamic and included choral and vocal soloists to deliver textual message. Tragically, Beethoven started to lose his hearing at the age of 28. He tried to get treatments, but in his last decade of life he completely lost his hearing. He continued playing music and "heard" music by feeling the vibrations of the piano.

List of other known Music

"Moonlight Sonata"

"Für Elise"

"Missa Solemnis"

Piano Sonata No. 32


Beethoven music was very popular and loved by many people. He was ill tempered and complex man. He always like to work on music and got grumpy when people bothered him. Although Beethoven lost his hearing, he kept on playing music and found out ways. His legacy influences people to play music and motivate them to do so even if they are facing challenges. Due to his music and popularity, 20,000 people visited his funeral in 1827. Overall, Beethoven lived a life of music that moves and delights the audience.


Works Cited

“Beethoven - Für Elise (60 Minutes Version).” Youtube. Ludwig Van Beethoven, 20 Sept. 2013. Web. 25 May 2016. <>.

Ludwig van Beethoven. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 24 May 2016.


MAP OF GERMANY IN 1786. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 24 May 2016.