The Power of
Ludwig Van Beethoven
was born in Bonn in 1770 and died in Vienna in 1827. His early music
education came from his father. Beethoven’s dad was not a
sweet, tender, sensitive man with a joie de vivre. He was, however,
a drunken, often mean man, probably trying to achieve fulfillment
through his talented son… poor Ludwig!
had many teachers, the most noteworthy of them being Christian Gottlob
Neefe and Haydn.
Believe it or not, he actually didn’t get along with Haydn
and ultimately moved on to other teachers including Schenk and Salieri.
and 1798 were two important years for Beethoven. The former year
saw him in Vienna in his first public appearance playing his energetic
Piano Concerto in Bb. The latter year was the year Beethoven realized
that his precious hearing was failing him.
why has Beethoven always been so important historically? It certainly
wasn’t due to his speed of composing, relative to some of
the other composers of his time. The truth is that Beethoven was
a genius at developing musical ideas. He was a master architect,
not afraid to change and transform traditions of the past. As an
example, the minuet in Beethoven’s hands was reinvented into
energetic scherzo, and the coda was made into a much larger and
exciting section of music than previously seen.
never married and did not have an easy life (at one point, he considered
suicide). Poor guy; poor heroic guy! Our hero composer is undoubtedly
popular because of his powerful, heroic music and because he constantly
reminds us of the daily struggle of life, and how it can be overcome
Amazing Beethoven Fact
crowning achievements undoubtedly included his late string quartets
and last three piano
sonatas. These works were definitely ahead of their time.