Hello, everyone!

Since last Dec 16th was Beethoven's birthday, I decided to start our journey talking a little bit about the composer of my favorite work of art of all (it's heavenly music!): the Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 (Choral).

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), the child of the court musician and tenor singer Johann van Beethoven, was born in Bonn (that now is part of Germany). Ludwig's father drilled him thoroughly with the ambition of showcasing him as a child prodigy. Ludwig gave his first public performance as a pianist when he was eight years old. At the age of eleven he received the necessary systematic training in piano performance and composition. Employed as a musician in Bonn court orchestra since 1787, Beethoven was granted a paid leave of absence in the early part of 1787 to study in Vienna under Mozart (another of my favorite composers!). Beethoven was soon compelled to return to Bonn, however, and after his mother's death had to look after the family. In 1792 he chose Vienna as his new residence and took lessons from Haydn, Albrechtsberger, Schenck and Salieri. Around the year 1798 Beethoven noticed that he was suffering from a hearing disorder. He withdrew into increasing seclusion for the public and from his few friends and was eventually left completely deaf. When the famous composer died, about thirty thousand mourners and curious onlookers were present at the funeral procession on March 26, 1827.

And if you want to read more about Beethoven, please check Lucare (where I collected all this information and learned much more...). At this website you can also listen to some parts of Beethoven's body of work (including my favorite!) and discover many stories about the Immortal.

listening to my favorite...


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