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"When feeling sad...get glad!!." - Bigfellow


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Kyle Parker
March 21,2010
Music Humanities
Alison Everitt
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven's life begins in Bonn, Germany in December of 1770 (Beethoven 615). By the time of his death in Vienna in 1827 Beethoven would become regard by many was the greatest composer who has ever live. Through his life struggles Beethoven would overcome and produce some the most profound musical works of all time.
Beethoven was born in the music profession. His great-grandfather was the first to settle in his home town of Bonn, Germany. His great grandfather was a singer in the choir of the Archbishop Elector of Cologne. (Beethoven 615). Yet soon after his grandfather death in 1773 his life began to take drastic changes for the worse. His father became an alcoholic after the death of his father. Just years later in 1787 his mother would pass driving his father into deeper alcoholism (Beethoven 615). Subsequently the courts would place Ludwig as the sole guardian over the family as he was the youngest of his father's children (Beethoven Biography). In years to come Beethoven though still very much a young boy would rise to become the breadwinner and provider for what was left of his family.
At age twelve Beethoven was appointed to assistant of the court's organist at the Elector of Cologne at Bonn (Beethoven 616). In 1987 the Archbishop Maxamilion Francis would send Beethoven to Vienna to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (Beethoven 616). Mozart was thoroughly impressed with the work of Beethoven. Mozart remarked " this young man will make a great name for himself in this world," in regard to the work of Beethoven (Beethoven 616). Mozart had begun to make acquaintances with noble person at by this time in career. He became the musical teach to the chancellor of Bonn's widow's two sons (Beethoven 616). Soon Beethoven social circle had widened, he now begun to associate himself with the most noble of person's in Europe at this time. Consequently he was...


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