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Beethoven's Life

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  • Beethoven's Birth

    Beethoven's Birth
    Beethoven was baptized on December 17, 1770, so that gives us a little clue. However, there is no birth record. In fact, some people believe that he might have been born in 1772 and that his father changed the date to make the prodigy seem even younger.
  • Beethoven's Secret

    He kept a journal of his daily activities. This allowed historians to peek into his personality.
  • Beethoven's Father

    Beethoven's father was an alcoholic and emotionally abusive to Beethoven when Beethoven was growing up;
  • Beethoven's Childhood

    Beethoven's Childhood
    Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on 16th December 1770 in Bonn, Germany, to Johann Van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich. There are no genuine records regarding his date of birth. As per tradition of catholic Rhine countries, children are baptised a day after their birth. Records show that he was baptised on 17th December and hence, 16th December is widely considered as his date of birth.
  • Beethoven meets Mozart

    Beethoven meets Mozart
    They are said to have met in Vienna in 1787, and Beethoven is said to have had a few lessons from Mozart. (Beethoven was 18 years of age)
  • Beethoven's BIG Secret

    He almost took his own life, but his art saved him In the Heiligenstadt Testament, he wrote to his brothers: “But what a humiliation for me when someone standing next to me heard a flute in the distance and I heard nothing, or someone standing next to me heard a shepherd singing and again I heard nothing. Such incidents drove me almost to despair; a little more of that and I would have ended my life – it was only my art that held me back. Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world..."
  • Beethoven Facts

    When Mozart died in 1791, Vienna wanted an “heir” of sorts. Beethoven was told that he would need to step up to the plate and work hard to have “Mozart’s spirit through Hadyn’s hands.”
  • Beethonev's Father Died

    November: Beethoven, one month short of his 22nd birthday, leaves Bonn for Vienna to study with Haydn. He has been given six months leave of absence by the elector. In fact he stays in Vienna for the rest of his life - never to return to his home town.
  • Beethoven's First Major Performance in Vienna

    Beethoven began to sketch a symphony in C major in 1795.On April 2, 1800, Beethoven held a concert in Vienna's Burgtheater.
  • Before Beethoven Composed

    Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water before composing.
  • Beethoven's First Symphony

    Beethoven's First Symphony
    It was inspired by Mozart's Symphony, with out Mozart, Beethoven would never have made the music that most people injoy.
  • Beethoven Becomes Deaf

    Beethoven Becomes Deaf
    Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. No one knows the cause, though people speculate several things, such as typhus, an auto-immune disorder, and his practice of dunking his head in cold water to stay awake.
  • Beethoven's Third Symphony

    His third symphony was dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte — but then he took it back Beethoven was so furious that Napoleon declared himself emperor that he ripped the front page of the symphony and basically erased a hole where Napoleon’s name had been.
  • When Beethovan Married

    When Beethovan Married
    It was to Giulietta that he dedicated the Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Opus 27, No. 2, known as the Moonlight Sonata. But the countess married the Graf von Gallenberg in 1803, and in later years Beethoven seems to have remembered her only with mild contempt.
  • Beethoven's Only Opera

    Fidelio was the result of 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears on Beethoven’s part.
  • Beethoven's Pieces of Music

    Beethoven's Pieces of Music
    Beethoven has created 138 peices over the years of his life.
  • Beethoven’s music is classified into three eras

    The three eras are the early period, the “heroic” middle period, and the late period.
  • “Moonlight” Sonata was posthumously dubbed so

    Beethoven knew it only by Piano Sonata No. 14, dedicated to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. It was called “Moonlight” Sonata because a poet likened the piece to moonlight reflecting off a lake.
  • Beethoven Loved Cooking

    Beethoven loved cooking, so much so that he named one of his pieces "Christ! On the Mount of Olives"
  • During His Performances

    Beethoven was very temperamental and would end performances if he became aware of anyone
    in the audience talking.
  • Beethoven's Death

    The death of Ludwig van Beethoven on 26 March 1827 followed a prolonged illness.