The Music Of Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Throughout the course of history there has never been a more influential, creative and versatile composer as Ludwig Van Beethoven. If not for his ability to expand the way in which music is created, played and heard, current music would lack the polyphonic sound that is needed in order to create texture and depth. Beethoven is believed to be purely a classical composer. However, to the contrary he can also be considered purely romantic. His compositions consisted of a form that was never heard before and in turn inspired future artists to copy him. This form was believed to have created the basis for music during the Romantic Era. Ludwig Van Beethoven’s ability to break compositional boundaries, ultimately created an everlasting sound because the forms and style in which he wrote in, are still used and applied to music today. Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770. He grew up in the city of Bonn, Germany, which was in the Electorate of Cologne, a principality of the Holy Roman Empire (Bio). Beethoven had two younger brothers named Caspar and Johann. They however were not as musically inclined as young Ludwig. Their mother, Maria Magdalena van Beethoven, was a slender gentle woman while his father, was a mediocre court singer better known for his alcoholism than his musical abilities (Bio). At a young age Beethoven’s father pushed him into becoming a musical prodigy by forcing him into rigorous practice regiments rather than going to school. Hoping that his son

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