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Five other children were born, only two surviving-Caspar Anton Carl and Nikolaus Johann. Beethoven’s education never exceeded farther than elementary level, yet his musical genius could be compared to that of Mozart’s. At the young age of only 8, Beethoven studied theory and keyboard with the formal chapel organist, van den Eeden. He also studied with several local organists, as his father was hoping for him to become a musical prodigy like Mozart. Beethoven received piano lesson from Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer while Franz Rovantini had given him violin and viola lessons.
Ludwig van Beethoven, or more commonly known as just “Beethoven” was baptized on December 17, 1770 in Bonn. His family originated from Brabant, Belgium and Ludwig van Beethoven was born into music. Both his father and grandfather were in the electoral choir. Ludwig’s parents were Johann and Maria Magdalena van Beethoven. Ludwig van Beethoven was the oldest of three brothers, however he had 6 siblings in which three did not make it.
As his father's alcoholism increased, Ludwig became the main musician. Beethoven's talents were discovered at an early age, and he was sent to Vienna to study under different teachers including Mozart and Hayden. There, Beethoven quickly adopted a reputation of a great piano player, a child prodigy. He gave his first public performance at the age of eight and published his first works at the age of twelve: nine variations, in C Minor, for piano. Christian Goftlob Neefe was sure that Beethoven's talents would make him the new Mozart of the time.
This lead to Haydn’s parents discovering Joseph’s musical talents for which they sent Joseph, at the tender age of six to live in the Hainburg with his relative Johann Mathias Franck who was the local schoolmaster and choir director of the church. For the next two years Haydn was trained as a male soprano, a soloist, and to sing in church ... ... middle of paper ... ... only through his music, but through teaching music. One of his most prominent students was Beethoven. Also, Haydn and Mozart were dear friends. Mozart always said that he had learned how to write string quartets from Haydn.
BEETHOVEN Ludwig van Beethoven was born 1770 in Bonn Germany. His mother was a singer in the service; his father was a court musician that had little motivation and a drinking problem. His father noticed that Beethoven had a gift at a young age, and began teaching him piano and violin. But Beethoven was a hard learner, he was self-involved and impatient. This probably led to why he was a loner and why he only went to academic school for three years.
However, a master of several instruments while still in his teens, Johann Sebastian first found employment at the age of 18 as a violinist in a court orchestra in Weimar. Although he did not remain there terribly long, he was able to make good money playing for the king. He soon after accepted a position as a church organist in Arnstadt. It was here that Bach would soon realize his high standards and regards that he had for music. In Arnsta... ... middle of paper ... ...ations for Harpsichord,” his vast amount of toccatas, especially his “Toccata In F Major,” his collection of variations on organ preludes captured in the “Well Tempered Clavier,” his immense amount of fugues and chorales including his “Fugue in G minor,” major as well as his tremendous amount of chorales, and his Christmas and Easter oratorios, which was another schism in his music genre.
While the father was rigorous and not always reasonable in his rule over the young genius, his mother was often over lienent with him, a fact which may account for some of the traits of character the young man developed later on. At the age of five years his father began instruct him violin playing, and at eight the musical director, Pfeifer, undertook his training on the piano while the court organist Van den Eden and his successor Christian Gottlab Neefe instructed him in organ playing harmony and composition. As a pianist he made such rapid progress that in a few years he was able to interpret Bach's well-tempered Clavichord and his improvise in a masterly fashion. At thirteen years of age he gave forth his first compositions a set six sonatas. These and some other productions of his early youth later repudiated and destroyed.
A lot of the reason behind his early music lessons was due to his father, Johann Beethoven, wanting young Ludwig to live up to the talent of Mozart (Encyclopedia of World Biography). To do this, Johann arranged a concert to show off his son’s talent. At the time, Ludwig was slightly over seven years old. However, his father put an advertisement in the newspaper saying he was only six. Nobody knows the actual reason for doing so, but it’s assumed that it was to make Ludwig seem younger to make it look as though his abilities were even more impressive.