Ludwig van Beethoven (LOOD vig von BAY toh vun) was one of the world's
greatest composers. He wrote many symphonies
* , overtures
* , and pieces
for piano and other instruments.
He started studying the piano and violin when he was 4 years old. His
father, a singer, was his first teacher. But he was not a good teacher.
He beat his son and locked him in a basement to make him practice.
Sometimes when his father came home late after becoming drunk,
he would awaken Ludwig and make him
practice until morning.
When he was 10 years old, he started taking
lessons from Christian Neefe. His new teacher was very patient
with him and he began
to do well. He wrote his first composition *
(song) when he was 11.
When he was 12, his teacher let him direct the orchestra part of the time.
When he was 22, he moved to Vienna and studied with Joseph Haydn (HI dn).
Haydn insisted his student write "pupil of Haydn" at the top of
each song he wrote. Beethoven became tired of giving Haydn credit
for his songs and quit studying with him.
Most composers at this time were hired by people to write music, and they
were told what kind of music to write. Beethoven, however, was treated
as a friend, not an employee. He wrote the kind of music he wanted
He knew he could play the piano very well and began to play at
parties and to give concerts around Europe. When he needed an
orchestra, he used a big orchestra. He would even use some
of the instruments in the orchestra to sound like birds in the forest.
He liked taking long walks during the day. During these walks he planned
his music. He would
make notes in a notebook. Then in the evening after dinner, he would
write music from about 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. He followed the same routine
every day. If he was dining out and didn't have his notebook with
him, he would write on
the back of a menu. Once he even wrote on a
He would work on a composition
until it was just right. Sometimes it
took years, but it would be perfect when he finished it.
Beethoven began to lose his hearing when he was in his 20's. He became
very suspicious *
of people and hard to get along with. But he was still
able to hear the songs in his mind and write them down.
He did not get along with his two brothers. When his brother Karl died,
Beethoven took his 9 year-old son to raise. It was an unhappy time
for the child and his uncle. The boy rebelled against him and
caused him a lot of grief.
In 1826 he caught a cold. It developed into pneumonia
* and he died.
The world lost a great composer, but his music lives on today.
You will enjoy listening to themes from some of his works.
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.
Listen to music by Ludwig van Beethoven at Classical Connect
In this tale of genius and childhood, an eccentric new boarder turns a young boy's life upside-down. Ludwig Van Beethoven has moved in upstairs! Young Christoph exchanges letters about the chaotic arrival of Mr. Beethoven and learns to appreciate and understand the great composer and his music. The CD features over two dozen excerpts from Beethoven's music including the Moonlight Sonata, Symphonies #5-9, Fur Elise, Pathetique Sonata, Flute Serenade, and Minuet in G Major.
Help your elementary students gain a deeper appreciation of music by introducing them to the men and women who created it! Bach to Beethoven, Schubert to Sousa---kids will enjoy reading mini-biographies and stories of 13 composers from the Baroque to Romantic periods. Each chapter highlights important works of a composer; includes question-and-answer activities; and describes the composition on the companion CD. 55 pages, softcover.
Author/Illustrator Mike Venezia has been getting to know the world's greatest composers as long as he can remember. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mike believes the best way to introduce children to music an composers is through fun. If children can learn about music in a fun way, and think of composers as real people, the exciting world of music will be open to them for the rest of their lives. In this book Venezia briefly recounts the life of Beethoven who wrote beautiful symphonies and sonatas despite tragic personal problems. He illustrates it with a mix of classic pictures and humorous cartoons.
This chronological history of composers and their music offers intriguing facts, anecdotes, and musical insights into composers from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin and Bernstein. 50 color Fandex cards.
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I am interested in the photograph you have of Beethoven at the head of the
page. Can you tell me if it is a photograph and at what age Beethoven
would be in it. I have this same photograph which is an original to my
knowlege and was wandering how old it is.