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I sit here listening to Beethovens Symphony No 5 and wonder who this man was I went to Askcom 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 composersunknown 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 Archbishops Kapellmeister His father and grandfather worked as court musicians in Bonn Ludwigs father a singer gave him his early musical training I searched the ISU encyclopedias 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 Ludwigs first 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 Beethovens first 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
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