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Ludwig van Beethoven 1770- 1827 “You will ask me where I get my IDEAs... That I cannot tell you… Meredith Moretz, #13 CS1300 11:20 A.M.
They come unsummoned, directly, indirectly… Incited by moods which are translated by the poet into WORDS, By me into the TONES that sound, and roar and storm about me Until I have set them down in NOTES. - Beethoven, 1822
Early Life Beethoven was born on December, 17, 1770, in Bonn, Germany. His father, a singer and instrumentalist, was Beethoven’s first teacher. His other teachers included Haydn and Salieri. His father treated him harshly. His first music was published when he was twelve years-old. Beethoven-haus, Bonn Now a museum
His Struggles and Works In 1802, Beethoven realized that he was rapidly losing his hearing. As a result of this realization, he became increasingly reclusive. Nevertheless, he continued composing. Unlike Haydn and other previous composers who relied on patrons, Beethoven worked independently and earned a living from the sale of his works. Therefore, Beethoven was the first free-lance composer. 9 th Symphony Manuscript
Later Life and Influence Beethoven composed 9 complete symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, overtures, and numerous chamber works. His music lead the entire musical world into romanticism and influenced the way in which pianos were built. He was completely deaf while composing his 9 th Symphony. He died in Vienna on March 26, 1827. Nearly 30,000 people attended his funeral.
“What I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes… There is only one Beethoven.” - Beethoven
Bibliography Prevot, Dominique “Beethoven: Biography” 2001: 3pp. 4 April, 2005. http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyLudwig.htm http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyLudwig.htm Ludwig van Beethoven : le site - Ludwig van Beethoven's Website - Ludwig van Beethoven in immagini ed in musica. Dominique PREVOT
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