Wondrous things about Beethoven
Beethoven’s best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio. Beethoven was a German composer. Beethoven is important because he sparked a new path within music. Why was Beethoven’s music so unique? This is because he was very studious about his music. He started at eight and continued learning from then forward. Without Beethoven, the music that is here today would not be here.
Beethoven’s life At an early age Beethoven had it rough. When he was just seventeen Ludwig’s father lost his job and his mother and baby sister died. He returned to Bonn and supported his family for 5…show more content… His music has been played all over the world for over 180 years” (Aaron Green). This shows that while he was alive and even after death, his music was and still is loved, well known, and will always be remembered. Because of “Beethoven 's disdain for authority, and for social rank. He stopped performing at the piano if the audience chatted amongst themselves, or afforded him less than their full attention. At soirées, he refused to perform if suddenly called upon to do so. Eventually, after many confrontations, the Archduke Rudolph decreed that the usual rules of court etiquette did not apply to Beethoven” (wikipedia). Because Beethoven did this it means that he was a special case because he was a special person. Beethoven came into the attention Count Ferdinand Von Waldstein who became a lifelong friend and financial supporter. He also befriended Anton Reicha, a flautist and violinist of about his own age who was a nephew of the court orchestra 's conductor, Josef Reicha. Perhaps Beethoven 's most important aristocratic patron was Archduke Rudolph, the youngest son of Emperor Leopold II, who in 1803 or 1804 began to study piano and composition with Beethoven. The cleric (Cardinal-Priest) and the composer became friends, and their meetings continued until 1824. Beethoven dedicated 14 compositions to Rudolph
His teachers “He received piano lessons from Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer, and Franz Roventini gave him violin and viola lessons” (Aaron Green).