Ludwig Van Beethoven And His Influence On Classical Music

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Ludwig van Beethoven is a revered figure in the history of classical music in today’s world. Born in Bonn, Germany, he underwent strict guidance from his father who aspired to mold him into the next generation “Mozart.” Sailing through the tides of social, political and cultural revolution, Beethoven became a renowned composer and rose in ranks in the history of classical music. Although succumbed to deafness in his later years, Beethoven had left behind a phenomenon legacy which took the stage of classical music. Moving on from the early 18th century, his works were venerated by many composers and musicians, and till date, his name still tops the lists in the field of classical composition. Not only expanding on his own classical style, Beethoven also highly influenced subsequent generations of classical music, such as the juxtaposition of chords and the expansion of orchestra size. Above all achievements, Beethoven had established such a classical music elitism that he represents a firm benchmark for classical music. Composers and musicians idolized Beethoven, so much that their humble veneration made him seemed unsurpassable. That veneration had also transformed Beethoven into a “singularity” that is studied extensively and his works played repeatedly, creating a stationary progression. Consequently, this veneration might stifle the future generation by excluding them of their individuality. However, Beethoven might be at the “zenith” but his works only paved one of
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