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German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born December 1770 and spent most of his life in Vienna, Austria. His first teacher was his alcoholic father, who worked as a musician at the Court of Bonn. Teaching him day and night, Ludwig suffered from his father's harsh and erratic behavior. For a time, he and his father played at the Church. As his father's alcoholism increased, Ludwig became the main musician.
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.
Beethoven received piano lesson from Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer while Franz Rovantini had given him violin and viola lessons. In July of 1787, Beethoven’s mother died of tuberculosis and his father took up the habit of drinking. At the young age of nineteen, Beethoven was recognized as the head of the household. He easily received half of his father’s pay to support their family, as his father was quite open about not doing it himself. Johann, Beethoven’s fa... ... middle of paper ... ... places for his music.
Beethoven was named after his grandfather, Lodewijk van Beethoven, who was a bass singer at court and later a maestro of the chapel. His parents were Johann van Beethoven, a musician in the Electoral Court at Bonn, and Maria-Magdalena Kewerich. Of the seven children born to Johann and Maria-Magdalena, only Ludwig and his two younger brothers, Karl Beethoven and Nikolaus Johann Beethoven survived past infancy. Beethoven’s grandfather and mother provided a positive influence in Beethoven’s life. Beethoven’s first music teacher was his father.
Leopold, Mozart’s father, was also a minor composer and teacher. Mozart’s musical abilities were first noticed when he showed great interest in the music lessons of his older sister. By the age of five, the Mozart family was touring European courts. The young Mozart showed great ability in the playing and composition of small pieces, many of which were transcribed by his father, and survive today. Eventually, Leopold gave up his own composing to concentrate on the talents of his young son.
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There were many things Beethoven did in his career that influenced the music of today. Overall, Ludwig van Beethoven overcame the music world by becoming a musical prodigy, influencing much of the classical music of his time, and continuing to compose his great works despite the many obstacles. Beethoven began his career in music at a very young age. He had already begun to learn the violin and clavier at the age of four with the help of his father (Suchet 12). 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).
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