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Title: Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven
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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.

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.

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!

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

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!

His Later Years
  • He still composed when he was could he
    do this?

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.
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
  • His whole life was very stormy there were many
    sad and discouraging times.

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

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.

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

What a great Composer !!!
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