Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven’s life begins in Bonn, Germany in December of 1770 (Beethoven 615).
By the time of his death in Vienna in 1827 Beethoven would become regard by many was the greatest composer who has ever live. Through his life struggles Beethoven would overcome and produce some the most profound musical works of all time.
Beethoven was born in the music profession. His great-grandfather was the first to settle in his home town of Bonn, Germany. His great grandfather was a singer in the choir of the Archbishop Elector of Cologne. (Beethoven 615).
Yet soon after his grandfather death in 1773 his life began to take drastic changes for the worse. His father became an alcoholic after the death of his father. Just years later in 1787 his mother would pass driving his father into deeper alcoholism (Beethoven 615).
Subsequently the courts would place Ludwig as the sole guardian over the family as he was the youngest of his father’s children (Beethoven Biography).
In years to come Beethoven though still very much a young boy would rise to become the breadwinner and provider for what was left of his family.
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At age twelve Beethoven was appointed to assistant of the court’s organist at the Elector of Cologne at Bonn (Beethoven 616).
In 1987 the Archbishop Maxamilion Francis would send Beethoven to Vienna to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (Beethoven 616).
Mozart was thoroughly impressed with the work of Beethoven. Mozart remarked ” this young man will make a great name for himself in this world,” in regard to the work of Beethoven (Beethoven 616).
Mozart had begun to make acquaintances with noble person at by this time in career. He became the musical teach to the chancellor of Bonn’s widow’s two sons (Beethoven 616).
Soon Beethoven social circle had widened, he now begun to associate himself with the most noble of person’s in Europe at this time. Consequently he was commissioned to compose a funeral ode for the death of the emperor Joseph II (Beethoven 616).
The city of Bonn had grown from a small musical town into the center of music and the classical symphony in Europe.
Beethoven’s musical works are said to be rooted in his real life struggles. His music varies as his struggles he deals with change throughout his entire life. From the early works reflecting in his father’s absence and his mother’s death. To his latter works on the country side of Vienna and his struggle in dealing with becoming totally deaf.
Much of Beethoven’s work is characterized by dramatic contrasts in piano and forte. Sudden pianos, wide leap arpeggios are all central to Beethoven’s musical style (Beethoven 616).
Beethoven life would continue to change as he began to age, this is also reflected within his music. Beethoven was becoming deaf, the first symptoms of his hearing impediment appear just before the turn of the 19th century. Yet by 1802 it was clear Beethoven would become permanently deaf in subsequent years. Beethoven is known around this time to have contemplated suicide. Yet Beethoven is quoted that his only reason for living was his work. In a letter to his brother Beethoven states ” but only art held back; ah, it seemed unthinkable for me to leave the world forever before i had produced all that I felt called upon to produce” (Beethoven 617.).
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Later Beethoven said ” if only I were to rid of my affliction I would embrace the whole world” (Beethoven 617).
By 1819 Beethoven has become completely deaf. He would books to communicated with his peers and associates. Beethoven though deaf was not a mute, and would respond to his peers orally after they had written down question in his communication books (Beethoven 617).
At this latter part of his life some of Beethoven’s most profound works were produced, including his 9th symphony. Most likely his work is contributed to his deep anger with his hearing impediment.
From 1825 onward Beethoven’s health would begun to weaken. Beethoven would suffer from cirrhoses of the liver, pneumonia and leg swellings (Beethoven 618).
On March 24, 1827 Beethoven died in what is today Vienna ( Beethoven 618).
Beethoven life is one of struggle and more important triumph. I personally have played his 9th symphony on keyboard over and over growing up. It is still today the only piece of piano I have ever learned to play. Beethoven music but more importantly how he overcame the difficulties he face in his life are what inspires me about his life.
“Beethoven Biography.” Ed. None. March & April 2005. Web. Feb. & March 2010. .
“Beethoven.” The New Encyclopedia Britannica. 1768 ed. Vol 14. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. 1974. 615-618. Print