The Greatest Composer Of All Time

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Composer and Pianist, Ludwig Van Beethoven, who is universally considered the greatest composer of all time was born in December of 1770 into a modest family in a small German town called Bonn. Beethoven got his name from his late Flemish grandfather who was a bass player at court and then in 1761 he became maestro of the chapel (Iulian Munteanu, Onesti, Romania). During his short years of living in his hometown Bonn, he studied a wide variety of compositions and played the piano and viola. Beethoven withdrew from school at the young age of ten to study music full time with Christian Gottlob Neefe who was the musical director of the national theatre in Bonn. Neefe was not only Beethoven’s first real teacher but he also became Beethoven’s mentor by showing him new advances of his century (Iulian Munteanu, Onesti, Romania). In his twenties, he moved to Vienna where he would live until his death in 1827. There, he studied Mozart and Haydn and quickly became famous by making a reputation by not only being a pianist but also a teacher. Beethoven was a crucial figure throughout the transitioning of the Classical and Romanic era in western art music. Beethoven is known to be one of the greatest composers of all time because he had ferocious individualism and determination during an age where it was not considered the norm, he continued to compose while gradually becoming fully deaf, and he embraced the expansion of his symphonies such as one of his most famous compositions,…
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