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  • 1. Ludwig van Beethoven Let’s review…..
  • 2. Birth and childhood
    • Born in Bonn, Germany in 1770.
    • Father and Grandfather were musicians.
    • Father was Ludwig’s 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 people’s 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 Beethoven’s ears, telling him that this would help restore his hearing!
    • Doctors rubbed Beethoven’s arms with an ointment until they blistered, then punctured and drained the blisters…telling 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 wasn’t 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 didn’t do what he thought they should do.
    • He criticized other musicians when they didn’t 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)
      • Beethoven’s Fifth …#5
      • Pastorale …..#6
  • 11. Beethoven’s 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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