The Inspirational Story Of Beethoven Essay

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Ludwig van Beethoven’s work was quite inspirational considering the fact that he was deaf for more than half of his life. Beethoven’s work was fascinating and heart-tugging because he composed music that formed his thoughts and feelings, with raw, passionate emotion. Listening to classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart at a young age is said to sometimes help a child’s cognitive development, but that’s a huge myth.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and baptized December 17, 1770. His father, Johann, was born in 1740 and sang soprano in the electoral chapel where his father was chapel master-Kapellmeister. Johann married Maria Magdalena in 1767 and she gave birth to ...view middle of the document...

As this was quite a horrible fate for a composer such as himself, he locked himself away from the world. Within his time of isolation, he managed to write symphonies 2, 3, and 4 before the year 1806. It is believed that the reasoning for his deafness was that his father had beaten him so many times as a child that it began to affect him later on in his life.
The time between 1802 and 1806 when he is believed to have written symphonies 2, 3, and 4, began his “middle period” in which is characterized by his symphony 3, originally dedicated, not to a noble patron but to Napoleon and titled “Eroica.” “Fidelio” happened to be unsuccessful at its premiere, was twice edited by Beethoven and his librettists and was finally successful in its final version of 1814. In this version there is more emphasis on the moral force of the story. It deals with justice, freedom, heroism, and also with married love and idealized image of womanhood is seen.
Beethoven fell in love several times, most of the time with married women who either rejected him in the end or weren’t exactly his type. In 1812, though, Beethoven wrote a passionate and love-filled letter to an “Eternally Beloved,” which is now believed to be Antonie Brentano, a Viennese married to a Frankfurt businessman. It is believed the letter was never sent.
Beethoven was easily established as the greatest composer of his time. His career playing the piano cut off in 1808-six years later he tried a charity appearance that was disastrous due to his deafness-and that year he...

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