Beethoven's Major Accomplishments

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Music is emotions and feelings put into sound. However, this only became true after the influence of the Romantic Era. It was a time of expression and breaking free of restrictions; celebrating beauty and imagination rather than the strict guidelines of social norms and reason. This period introduced the idea of expressing one’s self through music, to hear the emotions that are felt inside in a musical composition played out loud is a truly powerful thing. However, imagine not being able to hear the sound waves but to be able to compose nonetheless. Not only this but to be so connected to music that loss of hearing doesn’t disable this ability, but strengthens it even more. Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany. From a young …show more content…

He gained enormous recognition and was successful for many years. Yet, there came a day where he realized that he was losing his senses, more specifically, his hearing. Being a man of the Romantic Era, Beethoven was a very emotional, passionate person. He threw himself into his music even more and kept producing astounding compositions. Eventually, the day came where he had to accept that he was completely deaf. He did go through a period in his life where he seemed to be defeated. However, he overcame this and created the best pieces of his life as a result of the challenges he faced, eventually conquering all with his triumphant Ninth Symphony. Beethoven held a strong influence over the Romantic Era in music despite a loss of hearing in his early adult years. His greatest strength was his perseverance which allowed him to create his best works during this immensely challenging period. Beethoven is remembered as one of the best composers of all time and the impact of his compositions is still felt …show more content…

As a result of this challenge, Beethoven’s achievements creatively skyrocketed. (Schmidt-Görg, 21) 1805-1806 were years of great productivity for Beethoven (Orga, 106). In fact, in 1806 after discovering that he was losing his hearing, Beethoven said:"May your deafness not be a secret, not even where art is concerned." (Prof. Iulian Munteanu) This great resilience that he maintained during this time was most likely due to his famous stubborn temperament. There were many cases in which Beethoven let his temper and pride get the best of him. One such occasion was on a day he was set to perform for many important people, but someone made a remark about Beethoven. The composer became easily offended and he immediately left the premises in the rain. This trip worsened his deafness (Orga, 108) and in 1818 the ear trumpets that he used ceased to have any use since the hearing loss had grown so extreme. (Schmidt-Görg, 28). Because he could no longer hear, he was struggling greatly, emotionally and physically. As a result of these struggles, he could no longer conduct. There was a performance where he had to be replaced by someone else since his conducting was so poor. (Schmidt-Görg, 28-30). However, Beethoven made a comeback that is unmatched. After he was rejected by the court for the position of Imperial court

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