Ludwig Van Beethoven : A Traumatic Childhood

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Beethoven had a traumatic childhood, even if he grew up surrounded by music. Ludwig van Beethoven was born around December 16, 1770 and baptized on December 17 in Bonn, located in the now-nonexistent Electorate of Cologne (“Ludwig van Beethoven”). His parents, Johann van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena van Beethoven, had to bury two children before Ludwig and celebrated his successful birth. Maria bore Johann two more sons after Ludwig: Caspar Carl, born in 1774 and Nickolaus Johann, born in 1776 (“Ludwig van Beethoven”). Johann van Beethoven worked as a court singer on the staff of the Elector of Cologne. Johann’s father, Ludwig van Beethoven, worked as Kappelmeister of the Elector of Cologne and became known as the best musician in Bonn. Ludwig had wealth, success, and talent, which he instilled in the mind of his new grandson before he passed away December 24, 1773. After Ludwig’s death, Johann asked to take his father’s place in the Elector of Cologne. The leadership would not allow him to, so he decided to create his son, Ludwig, into a musician instead (Morris, 13-16). Johann could have begun teaching Beethoven music around 1774 and 1776. His teaching skills included beating and locking him in the cellar for missed notes and waking him up in the early hours of the morning just to practice. Johann had him play the violin and clavier and take lessons from organists around Bonn (“Ludwig van Beethoven”). When Beethoven grew up, he showed no signs of ill will to his father.…

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