In the year of 1812, Beethoven fell in love with the "Eternally Beloved." Nobody knew her name except Beethoven, who did not mention it in any letter or to friends. Under his first patron, Prince Karl Lichnowsky, Beethoven wrote his first symphony. The first symphony was wrote in 1795, and was a set of three Trios. Beethoven believed that his income came from the successful sale of these works, but it actually came from Lichnowsky (Tames, 12).
Christian Goftlob Neefe was sure that Beethoven's talents would make him the new Mozart of the time. At the age of fourteen, Beethoven was appointed to the Court of Maximillian Franz, Elector of Cologne, as an organist. His promising career, however, would have to be put on hold in order to raise his two younger brothers. This turn of events took place because his mother had died of tuberculosis and his father had further deteriorated into alcoholism. Finally, in 1792 Beethoven studied with Joseph Hayden in Vienna along with Johan George Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri.
When the curtain rose on the night of the premiere, Mozart realized how successful his opera would become (Opera America Center). With the success of The Magic Flute, Mozart was just beginning to become financially stable when an illness brought his life to an end in December of 1791. Contemporary scholars still debate Mozart’s purpose for composing this opera; they do not know whether he completed this work due to his financial situation, his desire to spread his radical ideas, or his love for composing. Historians believe Mozart created this work solely to express his ideas regarding the German Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was known as “The Age of Reason,” a time where people began to use to logic to question preconceived theories.
By the time he came back to Vienna, Mozart had died so Beethoven sought help from Hadyn, another German composer. He became Beethoven’s second mentor and taught him new styles of music. Beethoven did his first shows in Vienna in 1795. He was the first composer that was not supported by wealthy persons; instead Beethoven supported himself with money from selling his music. By 1778, Beethoven started hearing humming and whistling sound in his ears, and it got worse.
Beethoven was born in December of 1770 in Bonn, in present day Germany (Budden, 2014). Beethoven’s father, Johann, drilled Beethoven continuously and harshly in musical studies. His father had hoped that Beethoven would match the prodigy status of Mozart as a child. However, it was not until slightly later in life that he studied with Mozart and began making a name for himself. Beethoven went on to study with Hayden, Brahms, and other great composers of the time.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 Probably the greatest genius in Western musical history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, Jan. 27, 1756, the son of Leopold Mozart and his wife, Anna Maria Pertl. Leopold was a successful composer and violinist and assistant concertmaster at the Salzburg court, whose archbishop, Sigismund von Schrattenbach, encouraged the activities of Leopold and his remarkable children. Wolfgang began composing minuets at the age of 5 and symphonies at 9. When he was 6, he and his older sister, Maria Anna, embarked on a series of concert tours to Europe's courts and major cities. Both children played the keyboard, but Wolfgang became a violin virtuoso as well.
His father is said to have been a violent drunk who would force Ludwig to play music for his own enjoyment. At the age of 17, in 1787, after playing music some in public performances and being taught by various teachers, Ludwig left Bonn and went to Vienna, the music capitol of the world at the time. This move resulted in Mozart taking Ludwig as his pupil. Beethoven later described Mozart’s piano playing as “…fine but choppy, with no legato.” (Lockwood) The death of Beethoven’s mother prompted him to move back to Bonn and support his family. Here he made friends with Stephan von Breuning and “Doctor Franz Wegeler, who wrote one of the first biographies of Beethoven” (William) Doctor Wegeler was obviously very close with Beethoven, it is believed that he was one of the first people Beethoven told of his fear of oncoming deafness.
He worked feverishly, composing symphonies and operas, as well as touring constantly. Mozart died of overwork and kidney failure on the 5th of December 1791 while still ironically at work on the "Requiem Mass" for an unknown patron. Though he lived for a relatively short time, Mozart’s prolific musical career, in which he composed hundreds of musical works, gained him a place among the all time greatest composers. Henry Vieuxtemps was born in 1820 in Verviers, Belgium, a fertile ground for violinists. He had his first lessons from his father, a weaver and amateur violin-maker and player.
Beethoven was born in Bonn Germany. At 14, he held the occupation of a court organist. Sadly, his father was a drunken singer, and barely supported his family. Consequently, the money Beethoven earned assisted his family. In 1778, he traveled to Vienna and met Wolfgang A. Mozart who instantly acknowledged his brilliance.
Traveling throughout the towns of Italy, his recitals were one success after the other, and his opera "Mitridate, re di Ponto" saw its twentieth consecutive performance in Milan. A failed attempt at a commission in Milan led Mozart to understand how fickle society can be, and brought the two back to their home in Salzburg. Mozart's farewells to Milan were tinged with bitterness and he resigned himself to a life as court musician in Salzburg, but the seventeen year old genius ... ... middle of paper ... ...o grow up into the great composer he became. If Leopold had not exerted such an influence over him, Mozart might not have been compelled to work day after day so intently and relentlessly on his compositions later in his life. Mozart's amazing accomplishments may be in part, due to his father's influence.