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Sheet Music of Beethoven Ludwig Van


Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827

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Beethoven was a German pianist, violinist, violist and composer. He is one of the giants of classical music and is widely considered the greatest composer of all time. He was a transitional composer between the Classical and Romantic periods. His early music reflecting more of a classical style, while his later works were more Romantic in Nature.

Among his teachers was Franz Joseph Haydn. Beethoven assumed the role of family provider when his mother died taking care of his two younger brothers.

Beethoven lost much of his hearing suddenly after a fall in 1798. and suffered from Tinnitus. The cause of his deafness is unknown.

His loss of hearing hampered his performance career. Beethoven attempted to perform his Emperor Piano concerto in 1811. It did not go well as a result of his hearing loss. Beethoven did not perform in public again until the premier of Symphony # 9 in 1924 where friends had to turn him around to see the audience applause because he could not hear the work had ended.

Among his works are 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, a violin concerto, Missa Solemnis, string quartets, trios and many piano works. Including 32 piano sonatas. One of his most famous works is his piano sonata 14 which is known as the Moonlight Sonata. He dedicated the sonata to Josephine Brunsvik. Almost all piano students to this date study his Fur Elise.

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