Ludwig Van Beethoven, An Era Of The 19th Century European Classical Music

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Ludwig Van Beethoven, (1770-1827) is a dominant figure of the 19th century European Classical music. He was born in Bonn, Germany, and spent most of his life in Vienna, Austria. Beethoven died at the age of 56, and his death was later found to have been caused by post-hepatitic cirrhosis of the liver, which provided clues to the origins of his deafness. His musical life is divided into three different periods: early, middle, and late.

Opus 10 No. 3: Piano Sonata No.7 in D Major - First Movement (Presto)

The early period of Beethoven’s composition extends from approximately 1794 to 1800. In this period, Beethoven seen as copying Joseph Haydn and Muzio Clementi, at the same time exploring his own style of music. Some important pieces from this period are the first and second symphonies, the first six string quartets, the first two piano concertos, and about a dozen piano sonatas.

Deriving from Haydn’s examples, Beethoven’s early piano sonatas have structures ranging from the quite free forms, found in Op. 2 No. 2, to the clarity of form of Op. 22. The moods of the sonatas also vary from aggressiveness of the two C minor sonatas toe the playfulness of Op. 10 No. 2. Moreover, many of these sonatas have four movements, with the third generally termed “minuet” (slow) but occasionally “scherzo” (lively).

Perhaps because of Clementi’s influence, Beethoven’s piano sonatas are the most original of his early period compositions. Characteristics of frequent use of octaves and…

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