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The rise of Ludwig van Beethoven into the rank of historys greatest composers was paralleled by and in some ways a consequence of his own personal tragedy and despair Internet--pg 1 Beethovens family was of the Flemish origin His mother Maria Magdalena died after a long illness when Beethoven was only 17 He was not the only child in this family though He had 2 brothers and 1 sister both to which were disorganized and unruly His family was always in constant need of funds The World--1963 Beethoven showed his extraordinary musical talent at an early age His father hoped he could induce his childs development and make him more like Mozart and possibly bring in some money for the family which was desperately in need The World-1963As a child Beethoven never was too interested in music even though he had the talents Both his father and grandfather were experienced musicians and wanted him to be one also At the age of four Beethovens father began to teach him the violin and piano but wasnt successful in doing so because of his addiction to alcohol His training was soon taken over by his fathers friend Pfeiffer but also because of alcoholism his lessons were just as irregular as before Later his grandfathers friend taught him until he resigned in 1781 and Beethovens tuition was taken over by Van der Eedens successor Christian Neefe This man was not only a good teacher but also a friend The World-1963 Sally Patton-pg73Beethovens first composition was published in 1783 Then in 1784 he attained his first independent position of a court organist and violinist and in 1787 he was sent to Vienna to study Here he had the opportunity to play for Mozart who liked the work of Beethoven and told his friends Watch that young man Sally Patton-pg73Beethoven studied with a man by the name of Joseph Haydn but it didnt work for very long because they couldnt
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