The Music Of The World Of Music

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The world of music has seen many memorable composers such as Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Vivaldi, but none of them have a story as amazing as the 18th century classical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. “His life played out like one of his beautiful symphonies, with unimaginable highs, lows, victories, and defeats,” (Viegas 5). Although he lost his hearing when he was 26 years old, Beethoven was famous for his nine symphonies, and is also recognized as one of the cornerstones of Western civilization through the legacy of his music.
Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. He was the son of Johann, a tenor of the court of the Elector of Cologne, who also taught violin and piano lessons, and the grandson of the man he was named after, who was the music director at the court of the Elector of Cologne. His mother, Maria, was the son of a cook and was never truly accepted by Johann’s father as his wife because of her social status. It is believed that Johann’s marriage to her defied his father. There is no record of his date of birth, but there is record of the day he was baptised - December 17, 1770. In Roman Catholic tradition, a child is baptised the day after their birth, so it is commonly believed that Beethoven’s date of birth is December 16, 1770. He was the oldest of two other siblings - two other boys, Kasper Anton Karl, and Nikolaus Johann. An emotionally and socially withdrawn boy, Ludwig becomes obsessed with the world of music he created for himself.
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