Johann Von Beethoven : The Greatest Paradox Of The Realm Of Music

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In Bonn, on December of 1770, a child was born to a lower middle class Finnish couple; Johann and Maria. Given the name Ludwig after his grandfather, a choirmaster, this child would grow to continue the name of the musically inclined Beethoven family, and eventually supersede its reputation with his own genius. As a deaf composer and musician, Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the greatest paradoxes in the realm of music. From his upbringing, his triumph over his disability, and his world renowned success in music, it is still proclaimed that he is one of the most influential and well known classical musicians in the world.
At the ripe age of eight under his father’s wing, Beethoven made his first concert debut playing a small portion of a composition by Mozart whom he would eventually go to Vienna to seek praise from, and praise he would indeed receive. It is under speculation whether or not Beethoven received any instruction from Mozart, due to his mother’s unexpected death which called him almost immediately back to Germany. However, “On the other hand, other biographers claim, perhaps more convincingly, that Beethoven was indeed a pupil of Mozart 's but only for a period of four months and the subject studied was composition.” ("Beethoven.").
After his father, Ludwig studied for a short time under a court organist named Van Den Eden, who was also a friend of his grandfather. However, Beethoven began to feel like they were a waste of time and that he was himself more adept…
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