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The Music Giant

  • Date Submitted: 03/22/2010 01:33 PM
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When I was a child, I already heard a lot of things about Beethoven, nobody do not know he is the greatest musician, I am amazing why a person can be famous like this, how can he do that, and what is happing on his life, I am really interested in it. And now, we will start to explore it.

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Electorate of Cologne, in 1770..
Beethoven's first music teacher was his father Johann van Beethoven. He was reportedly a harsh instructor. Johann later engaged a friend, Tobias Pfeiffer, to preside over his son's musical training, and it is said Johann and his friend would at times come home late from a night of drinking to pull young Ludwig out of bed to practice until morning. Beethoven's talent was recognized at a very early age, and by 1778 he was studying the organ and viola in addition to the piano. His most important teacher in Bonn was Christian Gottlob Neefe, who was the Court's Organist. Neefe helped Beethoven publish his first composition: a set of keyboard variations.
The young Beethoven's talent was spotted in Bonn by Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein, who became one of his early patrons and, in 1787, enabled him to travel to Vienna for the first time, in hopes of studying with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is not clear whether he succeeded in meeting Mozart or, if he did, whether Mozart was willing to accept him as a pupil; sees Mozart and Beethoven. In any event, the declining health of Beethoven's mother, dying of tuberculosis, forced him to return home after only about two weeks in Vienna. Beethoven's mother died on 17 July 1787, when Beethoven was 16.
Due to his father's worsening alcohol addiction, Beethoven became responsible for raising the family.
In 1792, Beethoven moved to Vienna, where he studied for a time with Joseph Haydn: his hopes of studying with Mozart had been shattered by Mozart's death the previous year. By 1793, Beethoven established a reputation in Vienna as a piano virtuoso. His first works with opus...


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