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Introducing Beethoven (Famous Composers)

by Roland Vernon

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Born in 1770, composer Ludwig van Beethoven had a talent for music since he was young. He began his music lessons with C.G. Neefe, and then became a court organist. In 1792 he journeyed to Vienna to be Joseph Haydn's pupil. It was when Haydn was in his sixties that Beethoven began to study under Schenk, Albrechtsberger, and Salieri, without Haydn knowing. He also began to play piano for the aristocrats after his father died to make money for his younger siblings. It was when Beethoven was in his thirties that he began to become deaf. During this time he avoided people, but still composed music. On March 26, 1827 Beethoven passed away, and over twenty thousand Viennese people watched his funeral procession. ( )
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One of a series, which looks at the influences and historical events that shaped the lives of the great composers. Making full use of contemporary works of art, these books provide an essential introduction to the lives of those who produced some of the world's most enduring music. This book focuses on Ludwig von Beethoven who was born into a changing world. His lifetime saw great revolutions sweep America and France, the rise and fall of Napoleon and the coming of the railways and the Industrial Revolution. From the majesty of the great symphonies to the intimacy of the late quartets, Beethoven's music mirrors these turbulent times, as well as providing a deeply personal exploration of human nature. Beethoven profoundly changed every form of music in which he worked. He was a revolutionary in revolutionary times.

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Examines the influences and historical events that shaped the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, the composer from Austria.

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