The years of the Classical Period saw many changes in the world. The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars and also the Industrial Revolution changed the face of Europe. The industrial revolution was the developments that transformed Great Britain. From 1750 to 1830, the town-centred society was transformed into factory manufacture. After years of increasing dissatisfaction with the way the royal family and aristocratic class treated them, the people of France moved towards improving their lot in life. During the Classical period it became more and more possible for the public to enjoy and participate in leisure activities. The people wanted an end to tax exemptions and special privileges given to the nobility. So, in the music world, people born with statues now weren't the only one who could afford to go to concerts. This was a rise to the middle class. Musicians responded to this opportunity. Music became more popular, there was widening of styles and taste. Music was composed for all different sorts of occasions. However for some composers like Mozart,
Beethoven is one if the most famous classical composers of the western world. He is remembered for his powerful and stormy compositions, and for continuing to compose and conduct even after he began to go deaf at age 28. Beethoven was a perfectionist; he would work years on perfecting a single symphony. Beethoven's work brought about the classical period and also effectively initiated the romantic era in music. He is one of the few artists who genuinely may be considered revolutionary.
Born in 1770, Beethoven came of age as an artist and composer when the consequences of revolutions had to be confronted and when the work of patronage had already shifted to the less reliable mechanisms of the commercial sphere such as publications and concerts proceeds, supplemented by few noble patronage. It is in this world of change that we find Beethoven one of the most perplexing composers.
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