The World of Music Begins

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The World of Music Begins Imagine spending the majority of a lifetime dedicated to music and then going deaf. This would create quite the obstacle, but Ludwig van Beethoven made it through it. His talent and love for music helped him overcome the problems. Not only the bad things, but one could also say he overcame the world of music. 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). 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. Although, some other people conclude that Johann really didn’t know Ludwig’s age, considering how easily lost family records were (Suchet 13). The young Mozart held a concert around this time as well, and, unfortunately, Beethoven’s performance still was not nearly as wonderful Turpen 2 as Mozart’s (Reader’s Digest 441). This did not mean he was not a prodigy himself, though. He... ... middle of paper ... he is one of the greatest and most well-known composers of all time. The fact that he grew deaf early in life only made his talent more impressive, for not many could do that difficult task. Turpen 5 Works Cited “Beethoven Music Shaped by Gradual Deafness, Say Experts.” BBC News. 21 Dec. 2011. Web. 28 Mar 2014. “Ludwig van Beethoven.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. “Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). The British Library Board, n.d. Web. 31 Mar 2014. Reader’s Digest. Great Biographies: Cicero, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, Ludwig van Beethoven, Lowell Thomas. New York: Reader’s Digest Association, 1987. Print. Suchet, John. Beethoven: The Man Revealed. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012. Print.
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