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Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most influential composers in the history ofclassical music Beethoven was born in Bonn Germany in 1770 He was born into a familythat had a strong musical background His father tried to make Beethoven into the nextMozart By age fourteen Beethoven could already play the piano organ and violin and hadreceived a professional appointment as an organist As a child Beethoven was raised in anabusive family His father was an alcoholic and his mother died when he was onlyseventeen His mothers death and his fathers constant abuse led to his leaving the housein 1790 to go to Vienna to study music Under the teaching of Franz Joseph HaydnBeethoven learned more about the technical side of music While in Vienna Beethoven hadthe chance to play with Mozart and by age twenty-five he made his first publicappearance After his appearance with Mozart Mozart was convinced that some dayBeethoven would be the one of the best musicians the world had ever seen Beethovensmajor works are his 9 symphonies 7 concertos 5 for piano 17 string quartets 32 pianosonatas 10 sonatas for violin and piano 5 sonatas for cello and piano an opera 2 massesand several overtures He is most famous in the music world for bringing the romanticmovement into music In the beginning of the 1800s when Beethoven was most famoushe began to lose his hearing This made Beethoven very depressed and because of this hecut off communication with the outside world By 1820 Beethoven was completely deafand seven years later he died Ludwig van Beethovens life as a composer and musicianchanged music forever His influence on music will go on throughout history and continueto shape current forms of composition
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