Beethoven received his early training from his father and other musicians, as he carried out his earliest concert accompanying a young singer at the age of eight. Later on, he began to attend music lessons with a court organist teacher, Van Den Eden, unfortunately it did not last long. In 1779, Tobias Pfeiffer taught him and he began to attend in classes with a musician called Christian G. Neefe simultaneously. Both teachers treated their pupil roughly, at times getting him out of bed and gain pressure on him to spend the whole night playing the piano. Surprisingly, Beethoven was never bitter about it.
In 1780, Franz Rovantini taught Beethoven violin and viola. At the same moment, he was attending primary schools. In 1781, Beethoven left school due to he was overworked for a child of his age. Eventually, he could dedicate himself to music. He studied organ with Brother Willibald Koch in Bonn. He also studied under Zenser, the organist of the Munsterkirche. Beethoven was then invited to Holland with his mother. He gave only a few performances in private houses. Subsequently, he was sufficiently trained so as to be able to attempt paid appointments in 1783, and he was appointed assistant organist at court in 1784. Owing to being self-taught in Bonn, Beethoven really had to put in for himself to the learning of counterpoint.
When Beethoven was at the church of the Elector he had to provide piano accompaniment to certain sections of “The Lamentations of Iremiah” in a given key. He got the permission to change key and the singer agreed. Then, Beethoven gave the new keynote with one finger as well as with the other hand played a series of complicated improvisations. The other musicians were extremely amazed by his ability.
In 1787, Beethoven travelled to Vienna. He began to take part in competitions with other pianists. This was the...