The family was Flemish in origin and can be traced back to Malines. His son Johann was also a singer in the electoral choir; thus, like most 18th-century musicians, Beethoven was born into the profession. Though at first quite prosperous, the Beethoven family became steadily poorer with the death of his grandfather in and the decline of his father into alcoholism. By age 11 Beethoven had to leave school; at 18 he was the breadwinner of the family.
The portrait he commissioned of himself towards the end of his life remained displayed in his grandson's rooms as a talisman of his musical heritage. There is no authentic record of the date of his birth; however, the registry of his baptism, in a Catholic service at the Parish of St.
He later had other local teachers: Johann, aware of Leopold Mozart 's successes in this area with his son Wolfgang and daughter Nannerlattempted to promote his son as a child prodigyclaiming that Beethoven was six he was seven on the posters for his first public performance in March Maximilian Frederick noticed his talent early, and subsidised and encouraged the young man's musical studies.
Echoing changes made in Vienna by his brother Josephhe introduced reforms based on Enlightenment philosophywith increased support for education and the arts. The teenage Beethoven was almost certainly influenced by these changes.
He may also have been influenced at this time by ideas prominent in freemasonryas Neefe and others around Beethoven were members of the local chapter of the Order of the Illuminati.
His mother died shortly thereafter, and his father lapsed deeper into alcoholism. As a result, he became responsible for the care of his two younger brothers, and spent the next five years in Bonn.
Franz Wegeler, a young medical student, introduced him to the von Breuning family one of whose daughters Wegeler eventually married. He often visited the von Breuning household, where he taught piano to some of the children. Here he encountered German and classical literature.
The von Breuning family environment was less stressful than his own, which was increasingly dominated by his father's decline. This familiarised him with a variety of operas, including three by Mozart that were performed at court in this period. He also befriended Anton Reichaa flautist and violinist of about his own age who was a nephew of the court orchestra's conductor, Josef Reicha.
Musicologists have identified a theme similar to those of his Third Symphony in a set of variations written in The two Emperor Cantatas WoO 87, WoO 88 he scored were never performed at the time and they remained lost until the s.
But they were, according to Brahmsdistinctively "Beethoven through and through" and as such prophetic of the tragic style which would mark his music as distinct from the classical tradition. Count Waldstein, in his farewell note to Beethoven, wrote: Working under Haydn's direction,  he sought to master counterpoint.
He also studied violin under Ignaz Schuppanzigh. He chose instead to remain in Vienna, continuing his instruction in counterpoint with Johann Albrechtsberger and other teachers.
Although his stipend from the Elector expired, a number of Viennese noblemen had already recognised his ability and offered him financial support, among them Prince Joseph Franz LobkowitzPrince Karl Lichnowskyand Baron Gottfried van Swieten.
Bach 's Well-Tempered Clavier. It is uncertain whether this was the First or Second. Documentary evidence is unclear, and both concertos were in a similar state of near-completion neither was completed or published for several years.
These works were dedicated to his patron Prince Lichnowsky,  and were a financial success; Beethoven's profits were nearly sufficient to cover his living expenses for a year.
They were published in With premieres of his First and Second Symphonies in andhe became regarded as one of the most important of a generation of young composers following Haydn and Mozart.
The concert, which the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung described as "the most interesting concert in a long time," was not without difficulties; among the criticisms was that "the players did not bother to pay any attention to the soloist.
For example, Beethoven's quintet for piano and winds is said to bear a strong resemblance to Mozart's work for the same configurationalbeit with his own distinctive touches.Ludwig van Beethoven was an eminent composer of the late 18 th and early 19 th centuries.
He was born in Bonn, Germany in the year He was born in Bonn, Germany in the year After a prolific career as a composer and with deteriorating health, the master passed away in the year Ludwig van Beethoven () Composer Beethoven has a prominent place in the pantheon of composers, for his influence has stretched far beyond his stature even as the greatest German composer of the Classical period.
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of . Ludwig van Beethoven. DATES. Born December 16, in Bonn, Germany German. STYLE/PERIOD. Classical FAMOUS WORKS. Symphonies 1 through 9, Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, Fidelio, and Missa Solemnis.
Ludwig van Beethoven, (baptized December 17, , Bonn, archbishopric of Cologne [Germany]—died March 26, , Vienna, Austria), German composer, the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. Ludwig van Beethoven was an eminent composer of the late 18 th and early 19 th centuries. He was born in Bonn, Germany in the year He was born in Bonn, Germany in the year After a prolific career as a composer and with deteriorating health, the master passed away in the year Ludwig van Beethoven Biography by Rovi Staff Among the greatest of composers, Beethoven took the style and forms of the Classical era to their utmost as a vehicle for personal expression.
BIO. Beethoven grew up in .