Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven's importance lies not only in his work, but also in his life (Tames, 4). Included in my report is proof that Beethoven was one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. In this proof is a brief description of his life. This will help you understand how he felt when he wrote his music. Also, there will be a description of all his symphonies. On December 16 or 17, 1770, (date uncertain) at 515 (now 20) Bonngasse Bonn, Germany Beethoven, like Mozart, was born into a small family (Comptons, 1). He took his first lessons on March 26, 1778, (Schmit, 10). In 1787, he went to Vienna to study with Mozart, but he went back to Bonn due to the nature of his mother's sickness (Schmit, 15). This would…show more content…
This piece started the bridge between the Classical era and the Romantic era (Thompson, 28). The seventh symphony was written in the summer of 1811, and the start of 1812, and was performed on December 8, 1813, at the University of Vienna (Schmit, 42). This is a smaller piece, and presented a very happy mood reflecting dance like rhythms (Thompson, 33-35). The eighth symphony, named "Sinfonia-Linz," was composed during 1812, while at the spas in Bohemia. This was performed on the 27 of February 1814. At first, the eighth received little notice, but then it gradually began to get the fame it deserved (Schmit, 42-44). The ninth Symphony (completed in 1823) was his best and his last symphony. By this time he finally understood his own mind speaking: "I carry out my thoughts about with me for a long time...before I set them down...my memory is so faithful to me that I am sure not to forget a theme which I have passed. I make many changes, reject and re-attempt until I am satisfied. Then the working-out begins in my head...It rises, grows upward, and I hear and see the picture as a whole take shape and stand before me as though cast in a single piece, so that all that is left is the work of writing it down" (Tames, 25). He performed the ninth at the Kärntenerthor Theater. When he directed the performance his back was to the audience (Thompson, 41). When the audience went wild, the

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