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The life and music career of ludwig van beethoven

The family was Flemish in origin and can be traced back to Malines.

Ludwig van Beethoven Biography

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 1773 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. It was not until his adolescence that Beethoven began to attract mild attention. When in 1780 Joseph II became sole ruler of the Holy Roman Empirehe appointed his brother Maximilian Francis as adjutant and successor-designate to the archbishop-elector of Cologne.

A liberal Roman Catholic, he endowed Bonn with a university, limited the power of his own clergy, and opened the city to the full tide of the German literary renaissance associated with Gotthold Ephraim LessingFriedrich Gottlieb Klopstockand the young Goethe and Schiller.

Although somewhat limited as a musician, Neefe was nonetheless a man of high ideals and wide culturea man of letters as well as a composer of songs and light theatrical pieces; and it was to be through Neefe that Beethoven in 1783 would have his first extant composition Nine Variations on a March by Dressler published at Mannheim. In 1783 he was also appointed continuo player to the Bonn opera.

By 1787 he had made such progress that Maximilian Francis, archbishop-elector since 1784, was persuaded to send him to Vienna to study with Mozart.

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For the next five years, Beethoven remained at Bonn. To his other court duties was added that of playing viola in the theatre orchestra; and, although the archbishop for the time being showed him no further mark of special favour, he was beginning to make valuable acquaintances.

  • Later Beethoven made several trips to Budapest, Hungary;
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Sometime previously he had come to know the widow of the chancellor, Joseph von Breuning, and she engaged him as music teacher to two of her four children.

Through Mme von Breuning, Beethoven acquired a number of wealthy pupils. His most useful social contact came in 1788 with the arrival in Bonn of Ferdinand, Graf count von Waldstein, a member of the highest Viennese aristocracy and a music lover.

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Waldstein became a member of the Breuning circle, where he heard Beethoven play and at once became his devoted admirer. At a fancy dress ball given in 1790, the ballet music, according to the Almanach de Gotha a journal chronicling the social activities of the aristocracyhad been composed by the count, but it was generally known that Beethoven had written it for him.

The same year saw the death of the emperor Joseph II. Through Waldstein again, Beethoven was invited to compose a funeral ode for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, but the scheduled performance was canceled because the wind players found certain passages too difficult.

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  2. This alarmed several of his wealthy Viennese friends, who formed a group of backers and agreed to guarantee Beethoven an annual salary of 1,400 florins to keep him in Vienna. Which, I suppose, he was...
  3. Beethoven's business dealings with publishers also began to improve in 1802 when his brother Carl, who had previously assisted him casually, began to assume a larger role in the management of his affairs. On the advice of his doctor, he spent six weeks in the Bohemian spa town of Teplitz.
  4. He and Beethoven were reconciled, but Karl insisted on joining the army, and last saw Beethoven in early 1827.

There is no record that either was ever performed until the end of the 19th century, when the manuscripts were rediscovered in Vienna and pronounced authentic by Johannes Brahms. But in 1790 another great composer had seen and admired them: The album that he took with him preserved in the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn indicates the wide circle of his acquaintances and friends in Bonn.

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  • It was the first statue of a composer created in Germany, and the music festival that accompanied the unveiling was the impetus for the very hasty construction of the original Beethovenhalle in Bonn it was designed and built within less than a month, on the urging of Franz Liszt;
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The spirit of Mozart is mourning and weeping over the death of her beloved. With the inexhaustible Haydn she found repose but no occupation.

Career in Vienna

Waldstein The compositions belonging to the years at Bonn—excluding those probably begun at Bonn but revised and completed in Vienna—are of more interest to the Beethoven student than to the ordinary music lover. They show the influences in which his art was rooted as well as the natural difficulties that he had to overcome and that his early training was inadequate to remedy. Three piano sonatas written in 1783 demonstrate that, musically, Bonn was an outpost of Mannheim, the cradle of the modern orchestra in Germanyand the nursery of a musical style that was to make a vital contribution to the classical symphony.

The once famous orchestra was, in effect, dissolved after the war of 1778 between Austria and Prussia.

  1. Solo part, standard notation, bowings, fingerings, piano accompaniment and thema... Beethoven's deafness and his temper contributed to his reputation as an unpleasant personality.
  2. He would often stomp around Vienna like later Viennese composer and Beethoven fanatic Johannes Brahms , deep in thought, looking like an eccentric genius.
  3. His father, a musician who liked to drink, taught him to play piano and violin.
  4. There he wrote his Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter to his brothers which records his thoughts of suicide due to his growing deafness and records his resolution to continue living for and through his art.
  5. The once famous orchestra was, in effect, dissolved after the war of 1778 between Austria and Prussia.

But what was only an occasional effect for Mozart and others influenced by the Mannheim composers was to remain a fundamental element for Beethoven. Beethoven may indeed be described as the last and finest flower on the Mannheim tree. Page 1 of 6.