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Beethoven Biography – The Life of the Wondrous German Composer and Pianist

Ludwig Van Beethoven is considered the Greatest Composer of All Time. His deafness never stopped him from creating great symphonies that are still highly revered even in this contemporary time.


Beethoven Biography - The Making of a Genius

Born in a family of musicians in 1770 at Bonn, Germany, Beethoven’s gift of music started to unfold as encouraged by his father who started teaching him how to play piano when he was four years old. By 1778, he was already seen performing in public as most of Beethoven biography would account that his genius was already being exploited by his father, who at that time became an alcoholic. Being mentored by notable musicians like Neefe, Mozart, Haydn, Forster, Schenk, Salieri, and Albrechtsberger, it did not take him too long to make a name for himself. By 1795, he made his first public appearance in Vienna performing in piano his own composition, No.2, Opus19. It was his ticket to popularity as his music spread like wildfire making him famous among Vienna’s important aristocrats and socialites. The most noteworthy part of every Beethoven biography is the part when his symptoms of deafness started to surface. This, partly, became the reason he entirely dedicated his talent into composing and put to rest all the chances of performing again as pianist in public. To date, after creating numerous masterpieces, he is considered as the Greatest Composer of all time.

Beethoven Symphony 7 - Symphony of Joy

Beethoven Symphony 7 is perhaps the most-loved among the music arranged by Beethoven. The symphony is full of joyful energy, creating powerful melodies suitable for celebrations and festivities. The symphony first premiered in 1813 for a concert dedicated for the wounded soldiers that fought the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. From a gloomy mood, the audience were evoked to become jovial with this frisky movement of sounds and playful rhythms. From its first public rendition, Beethoven Symphony 7 became a favourite piece among conductors and musicians. This popularity is evident as it has been performed countless time with so many recordings having different versions. Despite its notable arrangement, some conductors and musicians alike, still find it tad uninteresting as it only has one quality and that is it is lively.

Beethoven Quotes - Proofs of Greatness

As with many famous characters in art history, Beethoven as a genius also contributed in literature as he provided Beethoven quotes that are widely appreciated even with people who are not fond of music. His famous quotes revealed a lot about his personality and how he perceived music and life. Perhaps his most memorable quotes were said during the dawn of his deafness. For instance, "I shall seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly not bend and crush me completely.” But perhaps his most notable quote is the one that challenges social system of classification in which he said “What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven."

Written by Troy Nelson

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