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Ludwig van Beethoven overcame many obstacles throughout his life 1770-1827 By expanding the style of his influences he accomplished musical tasks before possible His influences were Neefe Mozart and Bach In comparison to other composers such as Bach and Mozart Beethoven produced a relatively small number of symphonies However his nine symphonies contained more emotion and ingenuity than all other artists combined In fact the Ninth Symphony Orchestra is Beethovens most renowned work as well as the greatest accomplishment in music history Beethoven possessed an enormous musical mind and proved himself to be the most influential composer of all time Beethovens road to fame was anything but easy He encountered numerous difficulties along the way Ludwig Beethoven was born into a dysfunctional family His father a successful violinist and tenor singer was also an abusive alcoholic Mann 72 Beethoven began learning to play the piano at a very young age with his father as instructor His father initiated the informal training through drastic means Landon 52 Beethovens father would wake him up at night to beat the music into his sleepy head 73 As a result Beethovens musical skills progressed rather slowly in comparison to future times At the age of nine Beethoven began his first formal training with the composer and organist Christian Gottlob Neefe Landon 55 Neefe started what became a life long journey into music for the nine-year-old prodigy In addition to instructing Beethoven on the piano and organ Neefe also taught him to compose In 1782 with the help of his mentor Beethoven published his first works a set of nine variations for piano 59 Although Beethoven had several different teachers he did not adopt one style over another Instead he took all styles and combined them into a perfect balance Neefe introduced Beethoven to Mozarts strict counterpoint style Wolfgang Mozart respected pianist and composer invited Beethoven to go to Vienna and study under him Landon 82 Two weeks
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