Beethoven's Major Accomplishments

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Making a living as a composer could be broken down into two groups; there are those who work very hard and learn everything from the basics, and there are those who are natural prodigies. Compared to music nowadays, composers in the early ages seemed that they needed to be remarkable in order to be noticed by many people. Nowadays, people can simply make any kind of music they please and somehow people can make a trend out of it. Earlier composers had originality, which was everywhere, even if it meant going against the mainstream of the music components. Whether it is having dissonance in their music or creating a whole new style, each composer created their own signature style that the audience could point out and had differentiated composers…show more content…
As the son of “Maria Magdalena van Beethoven” and “Johann van Beethoven,” (, Ludwig van Beethoven had started out his music career at a very young age. It was known that Beethoven’s grandfather “Kapellmeister Ludwig van Beethoven” ( was “a source of endless pride for young Ludwig” ( Although, “his first years…was not happy for him” (Masha). By seeing that Ludwig was an “extensive musical talent…his father, a music enthusiast, but an extremely crude and violent person, wanted to make him a next Mozart” (Masha). Even if Ludwig was musically talented at such a young age, being forced into becoming the “next Mozart,” (Masha) must have been such a big burden. Ludwig may have as well been stripped off of his childhood and was not able to experience what kids of his age should have. He should have been playing outside with his friends, making a mess and playing in the dirt, breaking things intentionally, making his mother worry if he will come back in time for supper. If any other kids of his age were to experience that, it would have been a pathway leading to hate music in their adolescent years, but on the contrary, Ludwig “did not come to hate music” (Masha). Despite “on a nearly basis” of being “locked in the cellar and deprived of…show more content…
Even on YouTube, the piece itself has over twenty-six million views since it was posted on March 16, 2008 (Fur Elise (Piano version)). On a different video by the same publisher, there is a sixty-minute version of the entire piece; it is a “rendition from a very rare LP recording featuring piano and orchestra and performed for more than 15 times,” which is viewed over ten million times (Beethoven – Fur Elise (60 Minute Version)). When I listened to the sixty-minute version, of course I noticed it was just on repeat, it would be a huge coincidence that the man in the background in the piece was coughing at the same time of each cycle of the piece. The piece has a soothing sound due to the repetition of the melody that audiences, such as myself cannot help but to replay the piece over and over again. Although, after hearing the whole piece itself, there is a section in the piece that not many people, even myself have heard of or recognized while listening to the piece. I am more than curious than ever on who this piece was for and if Ludwig Nohl really did “kind of filled in the gaps himself” (Gagliano). I have actually played the piece repeatedly while typing this essay. The piece is very relaxing and I could probably listen to it all day if I had nothing else to
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