Ludwig Van Beethoven ( 1770-1827 )

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Introduction
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer, pianist and a key figure in the evolution of Classical music to Romanticism. While he is known as a key figure in the musical world, he faced the challenge of losing his hearing within the last 10 years of his life.
History
Born in the city of Bonn, Germany to Maria Magdalena and Johann van Beethoven. Naturally gifted in the field of music since a young age, he was first taught by his alcoholic father, who was rumored to have, “flogged, locked in the cellar and deprived of sleep for extra hours of practice,” (bio.com) and, “made to stand at the keyboard, was often in tears,” (worldofbeethoven.com)before being taught by several other famous teachers: Court organist Gilles van den Eeden, Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer, who taught Beethoven the piano, and Franz Rovantini, a relative, who instructed him in playing the violin and viola. After 1779, Beethoven started his studies under Christian Gottlob Neefe, a renowned opera composer and conductor. Ludwig was also known to have been a close friend of prolific Austrian composer Joseph Haydn and intended to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Music
Beethoven’s music, which was broken up into three periods, also reflected his hearing loss.
His Early Period music, which contained higher notes, had a number of was known for a number of famous pieces, including Symphony No. 1 and 2, Opus 18 and several piano sonatas, including Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, or…

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