Interview Speech: A Interview With Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Interviewer: Hello, today we have the honor to speak with Ludwig van Beethoven. He was a German composer who left his mark on the Classical and Romantic eras. It is great to have you here. Beethoven, please tell us about the beginning of your remarkable journey.
Beethoven: Thank you. My life began December 17, 1770 in Cologne, Germany. The day I was baptized.
Interviewer: You’re welcome. So Beethoven, did you have a large family or were you an only child?
Beethoven: Initially, I had seven siblings, but only two, not including myself lived to adulthood. They were my younger brothers Kaspar Anton Karl and Nikolaus Johann. I enjoyed my brothers company quite a bit. Growing up was hard, I lived in a poor family whom I had to take
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I was surrounded with music and drawn to the piano.
Interviewer: When was the first time you received recognition for your talents with the piano?
Beethoven: March 26, 1778 in Cologne was my first time to play in front of a crowd. That was when I began to truly believe in my talents.
Interviewer: Where did you go from there?
Beethoven: At first, I climbed my way up by playing in court as an organist with no commission. A year later, 1783, I dedicated three Piano Sonatas to Elector Maximillian Friedrich. It was a very interesting time for me.
Interviewer: I have heard that you spent time with the well-known composer, Mozart. How did that happen?
Beethoven: Mozart was a man who I took lessons with in Vienna. He was a great friend who shared similar aspirations as I did. Mozart wasn’t the only man I studied with. I also studied with Hadyn, Albrechtsberger, and Salieri. They were all people I met that helped me to fine tune my skills and develop the musical style that helped my gain recognition.
Interviewer: Very interesting! When was your big break in
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It was spectacular. I played op. 15, a piano concerto. A few months later I went on to print one of my pieces, Opus 1. After that things began to change for me quickly.
Interviewer: What were some of the struggles you faced as a composer?
Beethoven: One of my most difficult struggles was my hearing loss. I pushed to create even though I was practically deaf. Some of my more popular pieces were created while my hearing was greatly impaired. Even though I was going deaf changing the views and expectations placed on composers was another struggle. I was passionate about composing being my career and for music to hold meaning and emotion. I wanted my music to portray life.
Interviewer: I think you certainly achieved that. You were a trailblazer in your time. Did you ever take the time to try other instruments besides the piano?
Beethoven: Oh yes, at one point I played the viola for theatre orchestra. I enjoyed it, but I preferred the piano.
Interviewer: How was your family affected by your rising fame?
Beethoven: Actually, during my years as a pianist I lost my mother, and later on my brother, Kaspar. After Kaspars death I sought after custody of his son, Karl. Around this time, more specifically, 1822, I had completed my last Piano Sonata: op 111. It was a very exciting and depressing in the later few years of my

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