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Ludwig van Beethoven has been called one of the greatest composers to ever live His emotionally charged creations of poetry in music are world renown for their ability to spark feeling into the hearts of those listening It is often wondered what emotional tragedy in Beethovens life provoked him to write such awe-inspiring music Beethoven had many distressing things occur in his life time that could be applied to his music but a major factor has always been his abusive father As a result of the abuse of his alcoholic father Ludwig van Beethoven became one of the greatest composers by applying the emotions he felt when his father beat him to the music that he wrote Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 17th 1770 in Bonn Germany in a downtown alleywaycowell During the time of Beethovens birth all life in Bonn was centered around the palace of the Elector of CologneBurke 32 His father Johann van Beethoven was a court tenor thereBurke 32 Ludwigs mother Marie Magdalene Kerverich van Beethoven bore two other children besides Ludwig Kasper Anton Karl who was born on April 18th 1774 and Nicholas Johann who was born on October 2nd 1776 were the only other surviving children of Marias six births besides LudwigBurke 32 Ludwig began taking music lessons from his father at a very young age By the age of five he was playing both the clavier and the violinSolomon 16 Beethoven had few friends and spent little time playing with other children although he did play with his brothers from time to timeBurke 33 Young Beethoven was extremely withdrawn from the world around him Outside of music he understood nothing of a social lifeSolomon 20 Besides being uninterested in friends young Ludwig was a poor student His grasp of spelling and arithmetic was insubstantial but he did learn Latin for the purpose of writing massesBurke 34 During this time in Beethovens life his
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