Ludwig van Beethoven Biography
Date of Birth: No authentic records (Suggested date is December 16, 1770)
Date of Baptism: December 17, 1770
Date of Death: March 26, 1827
Place of Birth: Bonn, Germany
Father: Johann van Beethoven
Mother: Maria Magdalena Keverich
Instruments Played: Organ, Harpsichord, Pianoforte, Violin
BABY BEETHOVEN GROWS WITH MUSIC
Ludwig van Beethoven's early musical career was enhanced by his father and other relatives who were also musicians in Germany. Many would say that this influenced him to become a composer and musician.
At age eleven he served as an assistant organist to Christian Gottlob Neefe, who taught him composition and helped him to write and publish his first composition. By age twelve Ludwig was able to publish several compositions.
By 1784 Beethoven became a paid employee at the Court Chapel. A age sixteen he played for Mozart.
MUSICAL CAREER IN VIENNA
In 1792 Beethoven moved to Vienna to study music. It was in Vienna that he met Joseph Haydn a great music composer who also taught him music.
While in Vienna he composed a
number of works and gained public praise. He was also given money for
his contribution to music in Vienna. However, he earned good fees from
piano lessons he taught, concerts and from publishers who bought a
number of his compositions.
TIMES OF ILLNESS
As Beethoven gained success as a great musician and composer, he was diagnosed with an illness that could not be corrected by doctors. This illness caused him to become deaf at about twenty nine years old.
He kept all the information about his sickness to himself until October 1802, when he wrote a letter to his brothers about the illness.
Even though he suffered from such a
terrible illness, he continued to compose music but was not able to play
the piano as he could in previous times.
Ludwig van Beethoven is no doubt one of the greatest pianists and composers of all times. He has done many compositions for a variety of musical instruments. Here is list of some of his works:
One Opera (Fidelio)
Ten Violin Sonatas
Five Cello Sonatas
One French Horn Sonata
Sixteen String Quartets
Five String Quintets
Seven Piano Trios
Several string trios, works for wind instruments and chamber music.
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