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Scithe March 8 2000 Music Critique Beethovens Piano Sonata No 14 On December 16th 1770 Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn His father a court musician and tenor as well as a forceful alcoholic Ludwigs father forced him into becoming a child prodigy and at 14 he became a paid member of the Bonn court orchestra He played the viola and the harpsichord In 1792 he was given a grant from the electoral prince of Bonn to travel to Vienna In Vienna Haydn Salieri and Forster instructed him in music composition and theory In 1798 his symptoms of deafness worsened and from 1819 on he was having such a hard time he had trouble making himself understood In 1809 three members of the Viennese nobility promised him an annual pension to stay in Vienna Before Beethoven died in 1827 he wrote many symphonies and sonatas I chose to write about Beethovens Piano Sonata No 14 This sonata was the first movement in the Moonlight Sonata Of all the musical compositions put together by Beethoven this is my favorite When I listen to any of Beethovens music I get a great feeling of relaxation hit me This piece performed in C-sharp minor feels the most relaxing I listen to this song a lot when I am trying to write I feel that along side of relaxing it also brings out my creative energy If I am writing and am stressed for time I can play the music and it will ease my worries without distracting me from my task Beethovens Sonata No 14 is relevant to the class because it was composed during the time of Metternich rule over the Austrian Empire In some ways Beethovens music could be considered revolutionary much like the events that happened during this period when compared to other composers of his time
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