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The Leadership of Ludwig Van Beethoven

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The Leadership of Ludwig Van Beethoven
Introduction
Beethoven was a great leader to many and he was admired for his accomplishments and the hardships he had to go through to get famous and to stay on top. Ludwig Van Beethoven was a man who did not care what you said about his music, but he was also easily angered if you said the wrong thing but he always apologized afterward. This paper is about the life of Beethoven and how he was a great leader. Ludwig Van Beethoven was an influential and effective leader because he possessed the drive to compose not for the money, but for what was inspiring to him. Additionally Beethoven overcame challenges and possessed a love of music that allowed him to create a vision to compose his own way, even long after he had gone deaf.

Biography
Ludwig Van Beethoven was a composer that lived from December 16, 1770 to March 27, 1827. Beethoven was born in the small German town of Bonn. At age three his grandfather Ludwig (his namesake) died. At an early age, Beethoven’s father taught him to play the piano and violin. He would stay up late and get his hands bloody from his father hitting them with a ruler every time he made a mistake. At age eight he played his first concert where the crowd laughed at him for his looks. After that Beethoven didn’t play another concert until after he entered manhood, but his father still paid for private lessons from professional musicians. When Beethoven was ten the church organist agreed to teach him how to play the organ on his free time. At age 19, Beethoven got passage to Vienna from the church organist to study under Mozart, but after 4 months his mother became deathly ill and he was forced to return home. The final words of his mother were that he had to take care of his 2 younger siblings because their father was an unfit parent. He did as he was told and took care of his 2 younger siblings, but he did not stop there he went a step further and taught them to follow there dreams no matter what. At age 22, he moved to Vienna to study under Mozart’s mentor. In 1809 Beethoven became noticeably deaf, but that did not stop him from writing 5 more symphonies before he died. In 1814 Beethoven saw his only opera fail because it was way too long, but eventually he was persuaded to shorten the opera which saved the opera. In 1826 Beethoven conducted his ninth symphony completely deaf, but Beethoven always had the drive to keep going.

Drive
The first leadership trait of Ludwig Van Beethoven was the drive to compose not for the money, but for what inspired him. Even after he went completely deaf he still composed and conducted his ninth symphony. This proves that he would never stop composing until he was in his death bed or dead. Beethoven wrote the final act of his only opera Fidelio while sick in bed. He was so sick that he could not even get up. When Beethoven was 19, he went to Vienna to study under Mozart but after 4 months his mother became deathly ill but he had to come home, but that never stopped him from continuing with his music career. After that he became the main organist in the church in Dunn. This proves that even at his lowest point in his young life he never gave up on his dreams. In conclusion, Beethoven never gave up and always had the vision to compose the way that he wants not how he was taught.

Vision
The leadership trait of Ludwig Van Beethoven was the vision to compose through the challenges that surfaced in his life. After Beethoven went home to Dunn to see her before she died, he continued to study his music until he died in 1827. This proves that he could compose even at a very low period in his life. Before she died, he continued to study his music. It took a couple of offers to get him to write an opera, but he finally wrote Fidelio because it really spoke to him and he loved it.This proves that Beethoven will only compose for what speaks to him, and not for what has the biggest check at the end. Beethoven finished Fidelio sick in bed because he was so inspired that he did not want to let the authors of the opera down.This proves that he has vision for his work, and no matter what he would not give up. Beethovens vision was strong but only closely followed by his love of music in which he never stopped composing.
The Love of Music

The final leadership trait of Ludwig Van Beethoven was the love of music. Even though Beethoven's father hit him and beat him when he played a wrong note or did something he did not like. His father would usually come home drunk and on those nights were the worst, and if he came home drunk he was made to play at any hour of the night, but on the violin or piano, he never stopped playing or composing. This proves that no matter what he would never give up or stop following his dreams. When Beethoven was 8, he performed his first concert where he got laughed at by the crowd because he was ugly. This proves that even laughter and mocking couldn’t overpower his love of music, and that his looks didn’t change who he was. At age 19, he almost got mentored by Mozart, but that did not happen because Beethoven had to go home for his mother and Mozart died shortly thereafter but, all was fine for a few years later Mozart’s mentor ended up mentoring Beethoven. After that he could not go out to Vienna to finish his education in music, but that didn’t even make him stop loving music or end his career right there. He loved music so much that he started playing at the church to better himself. That is why Beethoven had a great love of music and would never give up on it.

Concusion
Beethoven's love of music was a great influence in his career and that helped him become the composer that we still talk about to this day. Ludwig Van Beethoven was an influential and effective leader because he possessed a love of music that allowed him to create a vision to compose his own way, even long after he had gone deaf. The drive to compose not for the money, but for what was inspiring to him. The second trait of my leader is vision. After Beethoven went home to Dunn, when his mother made him come home to see her before she died, he continued his studies in music until he died.The first trait of my leader is drive. Even after he went completely deaf, he still composed and conducted his ninth symphony. Ludwig Van Beethoven was a man who wouldn’t care if you liked him or not, but you could easily anger him or hurt him, but if he did something bad, he always apologized for his actions. This essay was interesting because Beethoven was a deaf composer and I have been a band geek since the 4th grade and am still one to this day. Beethoven was a great leader and an inspiration to many people in the music community for his accomplishments and the hardships he had to overcome to get famous and stay on top.
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