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Title: Ludwig van Beethoven


1
Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Lets review..

2
Birth and childhood
  • Born in Bonn, Germany in 1770.
  • Father and Grandfather were musicians.
  • Father was Ludwigs first music teacher.
  • Ludwig had to practice many nights when his
    father came home drunk.
  • Ludwig showed an interest in composing when he
    was a child.

3
Young adulthood
  • Beethoven went to Vienna, Austria to learn more
    about composing when he was 17.
  • He had to return home when his mother died, and
    help raise his brothers.

4
Return to Vienna
  • When Beethoven was 22, he moved to Austria and
    never returned to Germany.
  • He learned from Haydn, another great composer,
    ...and played for Mozart before that respected
    composer died.
  • Beethoven loved to visit the country, where he
    composed a lot of music.
  • We still love his music, 175 years later!

5
Losing his hearing
  • Beethoven began hearing buzzing in his ears.
  • At first he tried to hide his loss of hearing
    from his friends.
  • He continued to write music when he was deaf.
  • Beethoven tried many hearing devices, but none of
    them worked.
  • He could watch peoples lips to understand what
    they were saying, or have them write in a
    notebook.

6
Medical methods back then...
  • Doctors poured warm milk and crushed nuts in
    Beethovens ears, telling him that this would
    help restore his hearing!
  • Doctors rubbed Beethovens arms with an ointment
    until they blistered, then punctured and drained
    the blisterstelling him that this would help
    restore his hearing!

7
His Later Years
  • He still composed when he was deaf..how could he
    do this?

8
He could hear the music inside his head.and he
wasnt bothered with other noises around him.He
wrote some of his best music during this time.
9
His temperament
  • Beethoven was not easy to be around. He had a
    temper, and he was very demanding.
  • He would get lost in his own thoughts and would
    get impatient with others when they didnt do
    what he thought they should do.
  • He criticized other musicians when they didnt
    perform his pieces the way he wanted them to
    sound.
  • His whole life was very stormy there were many
    sad and discouraging times.

10
Some of his Works
  • 32 Piano Sonatas
  • Moonlight Sonata
  • Sonata Pathetique
  • Fur Elise
  • Fidelio (his only opera)
  • 9 Symphonies
  • Choral Symphony 9 (Ode to Joy)
  • Beethovens Fifth 5
  • Pastorale ..6

11
Beethovens death
  • Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria in 1827.
  • It was storming when he died. (There was
    thundering during a snow storm!)
  • Beethoven raised his fist toward the storm and
    fell back on his bed, dying.
  • 50,000 lined the streets at his funeral to pay
    tribute to this great man.

12
Ludwig van Beethoven
  • 1770-1827
  • German composer, who spent his adult life in
    Austria
  • Wrote during the Classical Era.
  • Chose a new and different way of composing.

13
What a great Composer !!!
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