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BEETHOVEN Ludwig van Beethoven was born 1770 in Bonn Germany His mother was a singer in the service his father was a court musician that had little motivation and a drinking problem His father noticed that Beethoven had a gift at a young age and began teaching him piano and violin But Beethoven was a hard learner he was self-involved and impatient This probably led to why he was a loner and why he only went to academic school for three years Beethovens father wasnt the only one who saw Beethovens talent Gottlob Neefe a German Organist become young Beethovens mentor Gottlob thought Beethoven was the next Mozart so he sent him to Vienna to meet him But Beethovens mother got sick so he had to come back home before he met him formally By the time he came back to Vienna Mozart had died so Beethoven sought help from Hadyn another German composer He became Beethovens second mentor and taught him new styles of music Beethoven did his first shows in Vienna in 1795 He was the first composer that was not supported by wealthy persons instead Beethoven supported himself with money from selling his music By 1778 Beethoven started hearing humming and whistling sound in his ears and it got worse A few years later he became completely deaf Although he was deaf he could still write music He finished his first symphony in 1800 In 1802 Beethoven became depressed and thought a lot about suicide He went to a small village in Germany where he stayed for a few years The next couple of years Beethoven created his most impressing masterpieces In 1812 he had completed over twelve of his best works and he was known worldwide But after this Beethoven did not release any music for awhile and he got in trouble with the law over some royalties to songs But in 1817 he began composing again and he
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