Ludwig Van Beethoven Essay

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German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born December 1770 and spent most of his life in Vienna, Austria. His first teacher was his alcoholic father, who worked as a musician at the Court of Bonn. Teaching him day and night, Ludwig suffered from his father's harsh and erratic behavior. For a time, he and his father played at the Church. As his father's alcoholism increased, Ludwig became the main musician. Beethoven's talents were discovered at an early age, and he was sent to Vienna to study under different teachers including Mozart and Hayden. There, Beethoven quickly adopted a reputation of a great piano player, a child prodigy. He gave his first public performance at the age of eight and published his first…show more content…
Music was his life and he was deeply depressed and angry at the thought of being deaf. He even became suicidal. His relationship to his music was very serious, and though he continued to compose music, he never performed again following a failure to perform his Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" in 1811. Following many personal crises in his life, Beethoven's music reflected his mood. His masterpieces depicted struggle followed by triumph. Later, his worked was influence by the ideals of Enlightenment, leading him to dedicate the symphony "Erotica" to Napoleon. The symphony "Ode to Joy" was believed to be about the brotherhood of humanity. His works are admired for intellectual depth, intense expression, and experimental forms. He is considered one of the greatest minds of humanity. His ambitious works made him prominent in the transition between eras of Classical and Romantic music. Music had driven Beethoven's life from a small child to an adult. It helped him overcome an alcoholic father, his mother's death, failed love, and provided a means of support for his family. It carried him through personal crises including the loss of his hearing and won him critical acclaim in social circles. His life ended in 1826 following complications of a cold and chronic health problems. He used his music to preach through art and has remained a model to later composers in the use of classical principles of
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