Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Man Who Changed Music

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Bailey Selwitschka’s NEWSLETTER December 4, 2015 Ludwig Van Beethoven, The man who changed music Biography Ever since childhood, Beethoven has loved music. He claims that his father used to teach him, at a young age, every day and night upon returning home. Beethoven reigns from a house of seven children, though sadly, only three boys survived, of whom Beethoven was the eldest. Beethoven’s father was a renowned musician at the court of Bonn, and he had a slight drinking problem. While on the other hand Beethoven’s mother was softer, more gentle, and kind-hearted. Beethoven’s first ever performance was at the age of 6, actually 7 ½ but his father claimed his age as 6, at Cologne on March 26th 1778. His father, though, had limited knowledge to teach Beethoven, so “ Soon Ludwig learned music, notably the organ and composition by renowned musicians such as Gottlob Neefe. Neefe recognized how extraordinarily talented Beethoven was and not only did Neefe teach him music, but he made the works of philosophers, ancient and modern, known to Beethoven as well.”(1) Beethoven wasn’t even 12 when he published his first work in 1782 called “9 variations in C minor for piano.” In 1784, Ludwig would make many friends including but not limited to, The Ries and Von Breuning families, Karl Amenda, and Elenore, after becoming organist of the court of Maximillian Franz, courtesy of Gottlob’s recommendation. In 1787,
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