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A Brief History of Ludwig van Beethoven

Updated on March 29, 2012

Ludwig van Beethoven, a musical mastermind, made a name for himself in royal Europe from an early age. In Bonn, Germany, Beethoven's hometown, the twelve year old was already writing music for the local royalty. In 1972 he moved to Vienna, Austria where he continued to write music for the royalty in addition to teaching piano playing skills to many princes and princesses. Up until Beethoven, conductors were considered no better then other servants. Beethoven was the first to break out of the mold and earn a very lucrative amount of money from his genius. He was considered to be the first musical celebrity.

When Beethoven was still a young man his hearing began to fade. He tried sitting closer to the instruments, especially the low toned ones; he once told a friend he could never hear the high notes no matter where he sat. He even tried using hearing devices like the long ear horn, but to no avail. Beethoven began to become depressed and even contemplated suicide. He eventually ended his career as a conductor as well as playing piano, but still continued to write his music. To this day many people still believe he did his best writing after this point. He even wrote the longest piece of music ever written at this time, tittled Eroica.

Beethoven began to come to terms with his deafness and even began to carry around his “conversation books” which were blank paged books which he used to communicate with other people. He would use his voice when talking with other people and they would write back in his books. His music was considered very off-beat, but the royalty still loved it. He once stated his music was for a later time. His final piece, The Ninth Symphony, is considered one of the greatest musical pieces of all time. Still today many composers will not write more then nine symphonies in an ode to Beethoven.

Despite becoming deaf Beethoven managed to maintain his excellent demeanor and popularity among the royal class. His prowess in his field truly shows he was a genius and nothing would be able to stop him from expressing the power and passion within his soul.


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      maddartist 7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      He learned to hear with his heart.