Biography of Ludwig van Beethoven

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He was one of the most influential German composer and pianist of all time. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on December 16, 1770. His mother was a singer in the service and his father was a court musician. His father noticed that Beethoven had a skill at a young age, and began teaching him piano and violin. Beethoven was a hard learner, self-involved and impatient. Gottlob Neefe, become young Beethoven’s mentor, he thought Beethoven was the next Mozart. By the time he came back to Vienna, Mozart had died so Beethoven took help from Haydn. Beethoven gave his first public performance at the age of eight and published his first works at the age of twelve.
By 1800, Beethoven had become aware of his advancing deafness, absolutely the most horrible destiny for a musician and painful to a composer. Beethoven planned suicide, but in the end held life, determined to go on composing. He tried every treatment available but couldn’t find a fix. Through the last 10 years of his life, Beethoven heard absolutely nothing. However, he decided that he couldn’t let something like that obstruct his ability to compose music. Since he couldn’t listen to the music, he decided that he would use a different sense to experience it. He cut off the legs off his piano so that he could play it sitting on the ground and sense various sounds based on the…
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