Language 11th, 3rd period
10 May 2014
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven! He lived from 1770-1827, and wrote 75 pieces of music. He wrote 9 symphonies, seven concertos, 17 string quartets, 32 piano sonatas, and ten sonatas for the violin and piano (How many…). “Beethoven is a renowned composer of classical music and is branded as one of the greatest composers of all time.” (How many…) Beethoven was the most talented composer of all time.
From an early age, Beethoven has taken and interest in music. “His father was a musician at the court of Bonn.” (Biography). His father taught him day and night. “Without a doubt, the child was gifted and his father Johann envisioned creating a new Mozart, a child prodigy.” (Biography) Everything Beethoven was learning as a child, made him become who we all know today, a very talented musician. On March 26th 1776, when Beethoven was seven and a half years old, he gave his first public performance at Cologne (Biography). “In 1782, before the age of twelve, Beethoven published his first work, 9 Variations in C Minor for piano.” (Biography) One of Beethoven’s teachers, Neefe, once said, “If he continues like this, he will be without a doubt, the new Mozart.” (Biography) When Beethoven was 14 years old, he was appointed organist of the court of Maximillian Franz, Elector of Cologne (Biography). Although today we find this work classical, and close to the works of Mozart and Haydn, at the time certain listeners found the symphony strange, overly extravagant, and even risqué. This genius, Beethoven who was still a young new composer, was already pushing the established boundaries of music. (Biography) Even though Beethoven’s earliest works were influenced by Mozart, the formal structures of the classical symphonies, so perfectly represented in the works of Mozart and Haydn, could not contain Beethoven’s more expansive ideas, nor could those forms properly allow him to express the emotion and drama that welled inside him (Beethoven). Beethoven, a German composer. He is universally recognized as one of the greatest composers of the Western European music tradition. Beethoven’s work crowned 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. (Ludwig) Beethoven is one of the most talented composers of all time. His works are recognized around the world. “Born in Bonn, Beethoven showed remarkable talent at an early age. His father, a court musician, subjected him to a brutal regimen, hoping to exploit him as a child prodigy. While this plan did not succeed, young Beethoven’s gifts were recognized and nurtured by his teachers and by members of the local aristocracy. (Ludwig)
In 1801, Beethoven discovered that he was slowly going deaf (Biography). “In his late 20’s, he began to lose his hearing. By his mid-40s, he was almost completely deaf.” (Beethoven) At Heiligenstadt in 1802, Beethoven wrote a famous text, expressing his disgust at the unfairness of life (Biography). `
The situation caused him great despair and doubts about whether he could continue writing music. But, by sheer force of will, he determined to put everything he had into overcoming what could have been a serious obstacle to any musician. He refused to allow his deafness to defeat his art and, though his art, his happiness. Without a doubt, he succeeded; Beethoven went on to write some of the greatest, indeed truly revolutionary, masterpieces in all of music. Knowing of Beethoven’s Deafness, teaches us that the truly great can hear music in their brains (BEETHOVEN the man…). “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” (Beethoven) Beethoven expressed in his music how he felt about going deaf, that he, a musician could be going deaf was something he did not want to live through. However, music made him carry on and he wrote that he knew that he still had many other musical domains...
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