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Transcript of Beethoven
Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany.
Beethoven started losing his hearing in his late 20s. His deafness was hard on him since he lived for music. He thought about killing himself but his love for music kept him going.
He began to perform less and started to compose more. He had music ideas flooding from inside him and he started to become a well known composer.
At age17, Beethoven traveled to Vienna and met with Mozart. Mozart was so impressed that he said "Watch out for that boy. One day he will give the world something to talk about."
He lived and studied with Joseph Haydn in Vienna and quickly became famous for his piano talents. The rich people in Vienna loved his performances and supported him.
Who is Beethoven?
Even if you don't know his name, you must have heard his music. His music is still popular today even though it was written almost 200 years ago. His songs are always heard in movies and classical music concerts today.
Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the most famous musician and composer of all time. His work influenced and inspired nearly all music composers that came after him.
Both his father and grandfather were professional musicians so music was in his blood.
He started learning piano at age 4 and was very talented. His father was very demanding and made him perform publicly for the first time at age 8.
Beethoven published a total of 138 pieces of music during his lifetime. There were 200 pieces of work that were not published that people found after he died. He wrote 9 symphonies, piano and violin sonatas, string quartets and even one opera. Some of his most famous works were Fifth Symphony, Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata and the Ninth Symphony with Ode to Joy.
A Struggling Genius
Beethoven's music showed his personal struggles. Some of his later music were dark and complex. As his deafness worsen, he became more moody and angry. Even though he was rude, his fans still supported him because he was a genius in writing beautiful music.
He was completely deaf when he introduced his last Ninth Symphony. Someone had to turn him around so he could see the audience clapping and cheering. He died at age 56 after being sick for a long time.
I learned to play my favorite piano song by Beethoven, Fur Elise.