“Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime
And departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.”
—-from ‘A Psalm Of Life,’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—
Today we take a glimpse into the live of one of the greatest contributors of the classical music era and his most popular composition(s)
The Magnificent Master
Perhaps the most famous and influential composer in all the history of music is Ludwig Van Beethoven 1770-1827. His life and music provide the template for musical Romanticism. Born Dec.17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven performed his first gig at 14 years old as Assistant court organist. In 1782, he moved to Vienna, Austria to study with one of his contemporaries, Joseph Haydn. There he established himself as a star pianist. In 1801, however, he confided to some close, personal friends that he was experiencing deafness, and, by 1818 was totally deaf.
If You Can’t Hear It… Feel It
Question: Which famous classical composer sawed the legs off his piano and why?
Answer: Ludwig von Beethoven, so that he could feel the musical vibrations through the floor.
Personality & Popularity
Not good-looking, nor well educated, he was also hot-tempered, ill mannered and suspicious. However, he had a forceful magnetic personality and many friends, and his death in March 29, 1827 was witnessed more that 10,000 people.
To Do Before You Die
Moonlight Sonata, Op.27 No.2 is among his greatest works, but in 1823, he finally finished the goal of completing the famous ninth symphony. He conducted this masterpiece on May 7, 1824 which is a must hear before you die.
Any questions, comments or suggestions are welcomed.
Source: Composer Gallery