Ludwig Van Beethoven 's Influence On The Classical Era

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Known as the most influential musician of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. Beethoven’s talent was noticed at a young age and he soon became a pioneer in the world of music for breaking the traditional bounds of style and form. Over the course of his life, Beethoven produced nine symphonies, seven concertos, and a total of forty-two sonatas. Although these numbers are few when compared to other composers such as Joseph Haydn, his work was very substantial. Ludwig van Beethoven’s compositions were greatly influenced by the changes in the world around him. His ability to stray away from the practices that restrained other composers inspired musicians around him and changed the practices of music forever. Beethoven lived during both the Classical and Romantic era. He is widely considered a pivotal figure in the passage from the Classical era to the Romantic. Composers of the Classical era mirrored the harmony and centrality of the classical traditions of Greece and Rome (The Classical Period (1775-1825)). Music of Classical era had very defined movements and focused on form and order (Katherine, Charlton, 2007, p. 124). People of the Romantic era were inspired by adventure, passion, and themes of nature. Composers of this era were very passionate and expressed their emotions in their compositions. While listening to Beethoven’s music, the shift from the classical era to the romantic can be clearly heard through passionate twists other instances…
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