Ludwig Van Beethoven, Pianist And Composer

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During the late 18th century, Ludwig van Beethoven, pianist and composer, began to his glorious rise to fame in the world of music. After moving to Vienna and becoming a pupil of the celebrated Joseph Haydn, Beethoven commenced his period of compositional productivity and creativity, as known as the “Heroic Phase” or “The Middle Period”. Beethoven’s musical style and productivity were heavily based off Romanticism, the idea of expressing one self’s thoughts and emotions freely through the arts. He used composition as an outlet for the anger, bewilderment, melancholy, and heartbreak that had built up inside of him as he struggled with his temper, loss of hearing, and inability to find everlasting love. “With the aid of his music, Beethoven wrapped himself in a protective cloak of his own daydreams. Freud writes that “unsatisfied wishes are the driving power behind fantasies; every separate fantasy contains the fulfillment of a wish, and improves on unsatisfactory reality” (Solomon, p. 27). Many of the emotions towards Beethoven’s own unsatisfied wishes for affection, can especially be heard in the first movement of his famed Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp minor, otherwise known as the “Moonlight Sonata”, nicknamed by critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab. The arrangement was dedicated to Countess Guiletta Guiciarrdi, a piano student who became romantically involved with the composer and perhaps inspired the piece.

Although there are many interpretations of Beethoven’s…
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