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Ludwig van Beethoven 1770- 1827 “You will ask me where I get my IDEAs... That I cannot tell you…
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. Started teaching Beethoven when he was just 4 years old. Father was not a good teacher and he got a new teacher at 8 years old. His first music was published when he was twelve years-old. Beethoven-haus, Bonn Now a museum
Beethoven’s Character Short, big head, hairy hands His music matched his character. Gave people goosebumps, was emotional and strong, not for dancing and parties. At 18, moved to Vienna to make a name for himself. Met Mozart. Mozart thought Beethoven was wonderful. After awhile moved back to Germany to take care of younger brothers because his father was irresponsible.
Beethoven’s Character At 22 moved back to Vienna to work and study with Haydn. Considered a ‘rock star’ of his time. People thought he was crabby and unfriendly. Slob, very messy. Started going deaf at 30 years old, completely deaf by 50. May have contributed to his crabbiness. Still composed music. Always had a notebook with him so he could consistently compose. Would pour water over his head to help him stay awake so he could compose longer.
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 due to liver failure. 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