Composer report: Ludwig van Beethoven
On 17 December 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born. He was an amazing and great classical musical composer. He is known for being the most famous composer of the classical and romantic periods of music. According to the “Enjoyment of Music” manual, Beethoven was born in Bohn, Germany. His father, with his grandfather, was the two singers at the court of a local prince, Friedrich Max. (Forney and Machlis 197). Beethoven began to take an interest in music from an early age. Johann, his father taught him day and night playing music. Unfortunately, Johann had a problem with alcohol and become alcoholic. Johann, who noticed the talent of his son and realized how he was good. Viewing it as Beethoven immediately will become the next Mozart. At the age of seven, Beethoven already made his first public concert at a place called, Colonge. Due to the alcohol problem of his father, Beethoven began to learn music from a musician named Guttlob Neefe. While teaching him, Guttlob Neefe also noticed how talented Beethoven was and predict for his popularity. In 1782, Beethoven published his first work, 9 variations in C minor for piano on a march by Earnest Christhoph Dressler. Very quickly, Beethoven was known as the new Mozart. In 1787, Beethoven when he wanted to continue his musical education, he was therefore obliged to go to Vienna to study and respond to Mozart. In Vienna, he will receive a letter stating that her mother, her best friend was dying. Beethoven decides to go back quickly in his hometown at the bedside of his mother, who died shortly after his return. This is why Beethoven at a very young age, was forced to support his family because of the constant drunkenness of his father. Beethoven, not even yet at the age of maturity, became assistant organist in the court chapel. One year later, he advanced to become harpsichordist in the court orchestra. Very talented young man, Beethoven had the privilege of playing for the...
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