Ludwig van Beethoven’s work was quite inspirational considering the fact that he was deaf for more than half of his life. Beethoven’s work was fascinating and heart-tugging because he composed music that formed his thoughts and feelings, with raw, passionate emotion. Listening to classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart at a young age is said to sometimes help a child’s cognitive development, but that’s a huge myth.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and baptized December 17, 1770. His father, Johann, was born in 1740 and sang soprano in the electoral chapel where his father was chapel master-Kapellmeister. Johann married Maria Magdalena in 1767 and she gave birth to Ludwig Maria two years later. Six days after birth, Ludwig Maria died. Yet, a year later, Maria Magdalena gave birth to Ludwig van Beethoven. Five other children were born, only two surviving-Caspar Anton Carl and Nikolaus Johann.
Beethoven’s education never exceeded farther than elementary level, yet his musical genius could be compared to that of Mozart’s. At the young age of only 8, Beethoven studied theory and keyboard with the formal chapel organist, van den Eeden. He also studied with several local organists, as his father was hoping for him to become a musical prodigy like Mozart. Beethoven received piano lesson from Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer while Franz Rovantini had given him violin and viola lessons.
In July of 1787, Beethoven’s mother died of tuberculosis and his father took up the habit of drinking. At the young age of nineteen, Beethoven was recognized as the head of the household. He easily received half of his father’s pay to support their family, as his father was quite open about not doing it himself. Johann, Beethoven’s fa…
… places for his music. A piece, found forty years after he died, and is now the most popular of his music, named Fur Elise was discovered and made popular by Ludwig Nohl, who I have no clue if he has any family relation to Ludwig van Beethoven. The discoverer of his mysterious piece claimed that the original autographed manuscript, now gone, was dated the 27th of April of 1810, seventeen years before Beethoven died in 1827.
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