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Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Ludwig Van Beethoven is considered to be the third greatest composer of all time. He wrote classic music for the piano, various orchestras and other different instruments. Even though he became deaf in 1817 he still composed and created some of his greatest pieces. There is not very much known about Beethoven's childhood, but it is known that he was baptized on December 17, 1770. He was most likely born a few days before then. His parents were Johann Van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich. His father was a musician at the court of the Elector of Cologne. The court was in Bonn, Germany and so that is where he lived until he was a young man. His father taught him what he knew with the piano and violin. Beethoven was a child prodigy, just like Motzart, only Beethoven never traveled until he was seventeen. He traveled with his piano teacher by the name of Neefe, who studied under Johann Sebastian Bach's son. He went to Vienna. While he was there he had received one or two lessons from Motzart and then got a letter stating that his mother was dying, so he had to go back to Bonn. His mother died soon after he returned and his father became an alcoholic which forced him to look after the family. Beethoven played the viola in the Elector, started to compose and met many friends. Most of his friends were aristocrats that could help him in his career. In 1792 Beethoven went back to Vienna and stayed there the rest of his life. He wanted to be able to study under Motzart more but he had passed away, so he studied under Joseph Hyadn, one of the most famous composers in the Classical music period and is often called the "Father of the Symphony". He was a good teacher, but after about a year he moved to England. This forced Beethoven t... ... middle of paper ... ...r on March 26, 1827. About 20,000 people came into the streets for his funeral. Beethoven is one of the most famous musicians in the world. He is a hero and inspiration to many. Many composers after him have tried to amount to his greatness and came up short. Years later there was a symphony with a choir attempted and it has never amounted to a level of greatness like the piece Beethoven achieved. He was an amazing composer who’s talent was immense and the fact that he still was able to compose such wonderful music without being able to hear makes him a million times more impressive. Works Cited 1. Salter, Hannah. "Ludwig van Beethoven Biography." . N.p.. Web. 14 Apr 2014. . 2. "Ludwig van Beethoven." 2014. The Biography.com website. Apr 14 2014http://www.biography.com/people/ludwig-van-beethoven-9204862.
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