Beethoven 's Biography, Musical Career, And Musical Influence

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Ludwig van Beethoven was a composer from Germany. This essay is going to teach readers about Beethoven’s biography, musical career, and musical influence. Beethoven is one of the world’s most well-known composers because he was the bridge between the classical and romantic music eras. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and was baptized on December 17th, 1770 (Jones). There is no actual documentation of Beethoven’s birth, but it is assumed that December 16th, 1770 was his birthday because his parents were Catholic and it was tradition to baptize children the day after they were born (Jones). Beethoven was born to Maria Magdalena and Johann van Beethoven. Beethoven only had two younger brothers, Caspar and Johann, because his other siblings did not survive infancy. Beethoven began studying the violin, piano, and clavier at a very young age with his father as his first teacher. Beethoven was not happy about the learning to play these instruments because his father would beat him if he tried to stop playing. His father wanted him to be the best and would do anything to keep him playing, including depriving him of sleep to keep his son practicing. Other than his father, Beethoven had five other teachers. Christian Gottlob Neefe was Beethoven’s organ teacher. Franz Ries was Beethoven’s violin teacher. Joseph Franz Haydn was a teacher of Beethoven’s for about two years, along with Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri who both taught him for just under…
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