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Ludwig van Beethoven

What is Ludwig van Beethoven known for?

Beethoven is widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, in no small part because of his ability—unlike any before him—to translate feeling into music.

How did Ludwig van Beethoven get his start in music?

Beethoven was born into a musical family. Beethoven was a viola player in the Bonn orchestra when he was "discovered" in 1790 by composer Joseph Haydn.

What did Ludwig van Beethoven compose?

Beethoven composed music in the transitional period between the Classical and the Romantic eras, and his work has been divided into (roughly) three periods. Some of his most famous pieces include the Eroica Symphony (1805), Symphony No. 5 in C Minor (1808), Symphony No. 6 in F Major (1808), and Symphony No. 7 in A Major (1813).

Was Ludwig van Beethoven deaf?

Beethoven was not born deaf. The first symptoms of the impairment manifested before 1800, and his deafness gradually became total by 1819.

How did Ludwig van Beethoven change music?

Beethoven was an innovator of musical form. He widened the scope of the symphony, the sonata, the concerto, and the quartet and in doing so broke many patterns of Classical music.
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