I sit here listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, and wonder who this man was. I went to Ask.com, and asked whom he was, and they had a brief overview of the man. "Beethoven, Ludwig van The composer of some of the most influential pieces of music ever written, Ludwig van Beethoven created a bridge between the 18th-century classical period and the new beginnings of Romanticism, "…and did much to enlarge the possibilities of music and widen the horizons of later generations of composers."(unknown author) His greatest breakthroughs in composition came in his instrumental work, including his symphonies."
They think he was born Dec. 16 1770 in Bonn, Germany, and baptised on Dec. 17, 1770, the eldest son of a singer in the Kapelle of the Archbishop- Elector of Cologne, and grandson of the Archbishop’s Kapellmeister, His father and grandfather worked as court musicians in Bonn. Ludwig’s father, a singer, gave him his early musical training.
I searched the ISU encyclopedia's on his music, and realized that he had a predecessor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for whom writing music seemed to come easily, Beethoven always struggled to perfect his work.
Beethoven had only meager academic schooling, he studied piano, violin, and French horn, and before he was 12 years old he became a court organist. Ludwig’sfirst important teacher of composition was Christian Gottlob Neefe. In 1787 he studied briefly with Mozart, and five years later he left Bonn permanently and went to Vienna to study with Joseph Haydn and later with Antonio Salieri.
Beethoven’sfirst public appearance in Vienna was on March 29, 1795, as a soloist in one of his piano concerti. Even before he left Bonn, he had developed a reputation for
fine improvisatory performances. In Vienna young Beethoven soon had a long list of
aristocratic patrons who loved music and were eager to help him.
Something that surprised me and about Beethov…