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Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. His father, who was a singer, was his first teacher. After a while, even though he was still only a boy, Ludwig became a traveling performer, and soon, he was supporting his family. In his early twenties, Beethoven moved to Vienna, where he spent the rest of his life. Beethoven was one of the first composers to make a living without being employed by the church or a member of the nobility. At first, he was known as a brilliant pianist. But when he was around 30 years old, Beethoven started going deaf. Even though he could no longer hear well enough to play the piano, Beethoven composed some of his best music after he was deaf! Beethoven is considered one of the greatest musical geniuses who ever lived. He may be most famous for his nine symphonies, but he also wrote many other kinds of music: chamber and choral music, piano music and string quartets, and an opera.


- 1770, December 16th - Ludwig van Beethoven is born in Bonn.- 1778, March 26th - Has his first public concert.- 1794 - The first symptoms of the deafness appear.- 1817 - The first lines of the 9th Symphony.- 1823 - Finishes the 9th Symphony.- 1827, March 26th, 17:45 - Ludwig van Beethoven dies.

Beethoven is properly revered as a musical innovator and rule breaker. He courageously challenge the musical "mainstream" of his time and made it flow in a novel direction, one that reverberated with emotion and beauty. A substantial amount of Beethoven's work arguably presented an idealized view of humanity as rooted in the Enlightenment worldview. Consequently, Beethoven brought a new level of respect and admiration to musical composition, elevating it to an art form that can express the highest of human aspiration and potential.Beethoven's works today form the core of orchestral and chamber music repertoires around the world. And his music will forever stand as a monument to human creativityand excellence.

Lasting Impact

Beethoven changed the way musicians and composers thought about and saw music, there fore adding to the already bursting array of music to the world. By also being deaf, he was one of the first composers to actually have to work the "hear" the music.



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