Beethoven, Symphony No 3 ( Eroica )

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Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the greatest composers and a musical genius. Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany and died on March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria. Beethoven came from a family of musicians just like many other great composers before him had. At the age of only 11 Beethoven began serving as an assistant to the court organist and had several published piano compositions at the age of 12. At the age of 18, he became the legal guardian of both of his younger brothers, after the death of his mother and dismissal of his father from the court choir because of alcoholism. By this team Beethoven was also a court organist, violinist and responsible for composing and performing. In 1972, Beethoven left Bonn to work with Haydn in Vienna. Beethoven often thought about seeking out another teacher because Haydn often missed errors in Beethoven’s exercises. Through his first seven years in Vienna he displayed his great musical genius and prowess. He was extremely hardworking and pushed for greatness. At the age of 29, Beethoven began to feel symptoms of deafness. He often stayed isolated and didn’t attend social gatherings because he didn’t want to tell people that he was deaf. On October 6th 1802, Beethoven wrote the Heiligenstadt testament. This was a long letter written to his brothers in which he expressed his feelings of agony and suffering. He explained how being deaf had greatly affected his life and the only…
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