Beethoven Contributions

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Ludwig van Beethoven is a world renowned and famous music composer and pianist. He composed some of the most influential pieces of music. Beethoven created a bridge between the 18th century Classical Period and the Romantic eras. His best innovations in composition came in his instrumental work, including his symphonies. He succeeded in several areas of music (music forms), which were passed down to him from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Hadyn including the sonata, concerto, and symphony (Isaac, n.d.). Beethoven’s extraordinary gift fascinated the world during his time and continues to encourage everyone today.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany to Johann and Magdalena van Beethoven. He was the eldest surviving child out of the three siblings. Beethoven’s grandfather, also known as Ludwig van Beethoven, was the first in the family to settle in Bonn after becoming a singer in the choir of archbishop-elector of Cologne (Isaac, n.d.). Johann, Beethoven’s father, was also a court musician. Due to the family history of occupations in music, Beethoven was born right into the musical profession. His father gave him early musical training. Along with academic schooling, Beethoven learned to play the piano, violin, and French horn. During this time, Johann van Beethoven had realized how talented his son was. Beethoven’s life was greatly affected when his grandfather passed away, causing his father to become a victim of alcoholism. Under these
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