Ludwig Van Beethoven: 1770-1827

by Shawn P.

Beethoven's Life

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 17, 1770. Beethoven was one of seven children, though only three of them made it to adulthood. His mother's name was Maria, she was kind and loving to Ludwig. His father's name was Johann, he was a drunk and Ludwig feared him. Right before Beethoven's first symphony he began to loose his hearing, nut he kept composing. Near Beethoven's death he started to become completely deaf. On the night of March 26, 1827 night the sky was dark from the clouds and thunder struck. Beethoven raised his fist and fell dead. " I shall hear in heaven"- Beethoven's last words.

Vienna, Austria

In 1787 Beethoven traveled to Vienna, Austria. He was 17 when he left for Vienna which would later on be his home. In Vienna Beethoven played the piano for Mozart. Mozart's prediction was "You will make a big noise in the world". Beethoven had to leave Vienna to visit His dying mother. Shortly after his infant sister died. When his father died in 1792 Beethoven returned to Vienna. 40 years later Beethoven died in Vienna, completely deaf.
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 (FULL)

Beethoven Symphony No.5

Beethoven's 5th symphony is the worlds popular symphony today. There was not a tune you could hum in the opening movement. the listeners instead got a concentrated onslaught of the four note rhythm da-da-da-daah.

List of Bethoven's Other Well Known Music

Moon Light Sonata

Symphony No.9 "Choral"

Symphony No.3 "Eroica"

Symphony No.6 "Pastorale"

Facts/Stories About Beethoven

Beethoven Met Mozart's rival, Antonio Salieri. Beethoven dedicated 3 violin sonata's to Salieri. Beethoven had a temper. He threw hot food at a waiter, he swept candles off a piano after a bad performance, he might have hit a choirboy. Possibly he heard music by feeling its vibrations.


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