Ludwig Van Beethoven And The Classical Era

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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and a predominant musical figure that created the bridge from the classical era to the Romantic era. At a young age, Beethoven became interested in music, which gave his father, Johann van Beethoven, the idea of making him the next child prodigy like Mozart. Beethoven was brutally pushed to achieve the goal/dream of his father. However, at the age of 13 he had to take on the responsibility of providing for the family since his father was no longer able to. With his newly given responsibility, he requested a job at the courthouse where he was assign as an assistant court organist earning an annual pay of 150 florins. Beethoven played both the piano and the organ and was very skilled at it, so in 1787, the court decided to send him to study with Mozart in Vienna. Beethoven later rose to fame with his musical pieces, but then became deaf in his early 20s, which made him aggravated. Not only was he angry that one of his most valuable possession was gone, but also of his harsh childhood. Beethoven died on March 27, 1827, in Vienna.
Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany December 16, 1770. He had four siblings originally, but unfortunately, his brother before him died just six days after birth. His other brother Anton Karl was born in April 1774, his second brother Nikolaus Johann was born in October 1776, and his only sister Maria Margaretha Josepha was born in1786. However, out of all his siblings, Beethoven had the most difficult…
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