Ludwig van Beethoven’s work was quite inspirational considering the fact that he was deaf for more than half of his life. Beethoven’s work was fascinating and heart-tugging because he composed music that formed his thoughts and feelings, with raw, passionate emotion. Listening to classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart at a young age is said to sometimes help a child’s cognitive development, but that’s a huge myth. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and baptized December 17, 1770. His father, Johann, was born in 1740 and sang soprano in the electoral chapel where his father was chapel master-Kapellmeister.
Beethoven’s first music teacher was his father. Once Johann noticed his son’s talent, he tried to make Beethoven into the next Mozart. At this point, Beethoven’s childhood and life was greatly affected by his father’s cruelty, harshness, alcoholism, and attempts to make him a child prodigy. Johann tried to portray Beethoven as another child, musical genius like Mozart. Beethoven made his first public recital on March 26, 1778, where his father advertised him as a six-year-old.
Tradition adds that the child, made to stand at the keyboard, was often in tears.” (Grove music online, Joseph Kerman) Mozart, as well, received instruction from his father, however it is said that at an early age he could play an instrument by ear. Beethoven’s family had performed at the Court of the Elector of Cologne for many years. Beethoven’s father was a local musician, first as a young soprano, and then through his adult years a tenor. He could also play the violin and piano. Mozart’s f... ... middle of paper ... ...2015. http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/40258pg3?q=mozart&search=quick&pos=5&_start=1#firsthit Wagele, Elizabeth.
The people of their time period often had mixed feelings about these men, some “complained that Mozart’s music presented them with too many ideas and that his melodies moved from one to the next faster than audiences could follow, yet the ideas themselves seem effortless and natural, clear and unforced.” (Bonds 210-211) Beethoven’s criticisms ranged from ‘genius’ to grim dislike. Mozart and Beethoven were influenced by things going on around them such as: love, nature, and the Enlightenment. Mozart’s father Leopold Mozart was a somewhat know composer and violinist who recognized Wolfgang’s talent for the piano early in his life. The father quit his job to make sure that his son could meet the best musical education possible, however he was not only thinking of the well-being of his son, he was also focusing on the financial benefits that could come from his young prodigy son. Wolfgang also had a very musically talented sister, Maria Anna; their father took them both on concert tours all over Europe, starting when Wolfgang was six years old.
Many believed he could not compare to his dad because he did not have a high-ranking job, instead his income was based on giving piano, singing, and violin lessons to the public (Kerman 354). Johann wanted his first son to be great, especially in the music field, so he pushed him to learn the piano and violin at a very early age. For instance, Beethoven had his first public appearance at the age of eight on March 26, 1778. He performed at a concert with one of his father’s other pupils. His performance consisted of concertos and trios on the keyboard.
He then began learning music from noble composers like Gottlob Neefe. Gottlob Neefe not only taught Beethoven music, he taught him about philosophers, ancient and modern. His childhood was filled with musical harmony. Yet, there have been rumors that Ludwig’s father would lock him in the basement and would force him to practice music, which Ludwig didn’t enjoy much. Whether the rumors of Beethoven being abused were false claims or not, he still enjoyed music very much and put his talent to use at its full potential.
Beethoven also studied under Joseph Hayden in Vienna, after Hayden came back from London. When Beethoven had written his first and second symphonies, “Beethoven became regarded as one of the most important of a generation of young composers following Hayden and Mozart. He taught students how to play music, one student in particular; he fell in love with, Josephine Brunsvik. He had one student that became a composer, and one that became a renowned music teacher. By the 1800’s, Beethoven’s started to lose much of his hearing.
Handel the fifth son was born to a father who was a surgeon-barber who wanted him to study law even though it was evident at a young age he had an immense talent. His father died at age 11 in which he began to not only compose music but also teach it. By the time he reached eighteen he moved to Hamburg where he joined the violin section of the opera orchestra. It was early 1705 when his first opera Almira was premiered. During this time Handel traveled Italy meeting many great musicians of the day including Corelli, Scarlatti, and Domencio.
14. His musical talent also helped pave the way for other great composers and artists. His early life helped pave the way for his music genius, but none it could prepare him for the struggles following becoming deaf in his later years. Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and baptized on December 17th, 1770. His exact birthdate is not known.