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Transcript of Beethoven


Who was Beethoven?
Born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany
Showed musical talent at the age of three
Idolized his grandfather, the 'elder' Ludwig (
Kapellmeister Beethoven
Found inspiration in nature, his friends and family, and the countries he visited
Why Beethoven?
Beethoven's childhood:
An abusive and alcoholic father
Beethoven decides to
move to Vienna
Trouble with Hearing -Heiligenstadt: "Only My Art Held Me Back"
Compare and Contrast: My life
Beethoven's Legacy
"To play the wrong notes is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable."
Johann van Beethoven pulled Beethoven out of school --- Efforts to earn money through his son
Used physical violence and threatened to shut him in the cellar
Alcoholic incident with Johann & Pfeiffer (teacher) --- Forced Beethoven to play
Johann became extremely drunk in public and was sent to the police station --> Beethoven obtained his father's release
"He truly was head of the family, and the task of not only providing for the family, but trying to control the nominal head, Johann, fell squarely on his shoulders... but the formalising of his father's disgrace was, for him, in some sense a liberation"
Beethoven decides to leave Vienna --> Heads to Heiligenstadt (Stays for 6 months)
"If I had any other profession I might be able to cope with my infirmity. But in my profession it is a terrible handicap..."
Beethoven & Ries (childhood friend) decide to take a walk --- Beethoven's attention falls on a shepherd playing the flute
Creates a Last Will and
...what a humiliation when someone next to me heard a flute in the distance and I hear nothing...Such things have brought me near to despair. Only a little more and I would even have ended my life. Only my art, that is all that held me back. It would have been impossible for me to leave this world until I had brought forth everything that was within me...
Writing the testament brought Beethoven closure
Musical pieces for the world to discover: nine symphonies, operas, sonatas
Significance behind the music he composed
Conversations from his conversation book, the Heiligenstadt Testament, Immortal Beloved, letters to his brothers
Vienna known as Europe's capital of music
Scored first public performance with the help of Prince Lichnowsky
Studied under Joseph Haydn --> Performance --- 3 Piano Sonatas
Tried composing for Opera, but had no success until after multiple attempts
Freymüthige critic wrote,
the music was certainly way below the expectations of amateur and professional alike, the melodies, as well as the general character... lack that joyful, clear, magical impression of emotion which grips us so irresistibly in the works of Mozart... it is very far from being a perfect, or indeed even successful, work
Worked on many of his famous classical pieces: Eroica, The Creatures of Prometheus, Andante in F...
Share an interest in music (Sense of escape)
Love for performing
Did not fully understand the beauty of playing the piano
Support from both parents
Beethoven becoming the head of the household
Opportunity to receive an education
In the shadow of a sibling --> Expectations
Did not come from a musical background
Career choice

Share a similar passion for music
Meaning behind his music
Interest in his family background and childhood
Accomplishments despite troubles with hearing
Path to becoming a composer
Johann Van Beethoven
Beethoven's Father
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