Ludwig Van Beethoven, Pianist And Composer

1197 Words Oct 20th, 2014 5 Pages
Jonathan Perez
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Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig Van Beethoven, a widely known pianist and composer, was born on about December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. He was baptized on December 17, 1770. The actual date of his birth is unknown, but because most babies were baptized within 24 hours of birth, December 16 was his most likely birthdate. Beethoven, however, insisted that he was born 2 years later. Although he was presented with official papers of his birth, he still stubbornly objected. Beethoven had two younger brothers who survived into adulthood, Caspar and Johann. His mother, Maria, was a slender and gentle but deeply moralistic woman. His father, Johann, was a mediocre court singer who, surprisingly, was better known for his intense alcoholism rather than his musical talent. Kapellmeister Ludwig van Beethoven, Beethoven’s grandfather, was Bonn’s most prominent musician and the source of pride for young Beethoven. Beethoven’s father began teaching music to Ludwig at a young age with extreme brutality that affected Ludwig for the rest of his life. Neighbors often spoke of hearing a small, weeping boy playing the clavier, while his father beat him whenever he as so much hesitated or made a mistake. On a daily basis, Beethoven was beaten, locked in the cellar, and was even sleep deprived to get extra hours of practice in. Ludwig studied the violin and clavier from his father and took additional lessons from organists from around town. Whether it was…
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