Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125
Ludwig Beethoven was not only one of the greatest composers ever born, he is a mold to
which other composers try to base themselves off of. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on
December 16, 1770 to a family of professional musicians. Beethoven learned violin mostly, as well
as some other instruments from his father. His father demanded perfection in his music, and in that
endeavor he violently scolded Beethoven whenever he made any kind of mistake during practice.
According to one story, the punishments from his father are what ultimately led to his hearing
troubles. Beethoven was sent to learn music from C. G. Neefe. Beethoven learned all the details
of orchestra composition and everything else you could imagine from Neefe, including the piano,
violin and organ, and also became his assistant when was just eleven years old. At age 6,
Beethoven was already performing for local events, etc… When he was twelve years old, his first
music work was published, ‘The Dressler Variations.’ Beethoven also dropped out of his school
when he was thirteen years old in order to concentrate on his practice and to perform in musical
tours. Beethoven then continued assisting Neefe until he was seventeen years old. In 1787, he
went to Vienna in hopes of finding good opportunities to demonstrate his talent in music. From
there, the rest is history… as he continued to write some of the most beautiful and impacting
music the world has ever seen.
Beethoven started working on his ninth (and final) symphony in 1818, after the work was
commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London, and completed the work early in 1824.
What is both ironic and shocking is that though this symphony is one of the most beautiful and
complex ever to be written, Beethoven was nearly (if not) completely deaf at the time he wrote it.
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