Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven was, and remains today, an Olympian figure in the history of classical music. His influence on the last 150 years of music is unequalled; while generaly a member of the Classicist fold, he was in fact the first Romantic, and pre-figured virtually all music that followed the Romantic era as well. Perhaps no other composer in history wrote music of such exhilarating power and expressiveness; certainly no other composer did so against greater odds. Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770. His father, a music enthusiast, dreamed of molding his son into the next Mozart. Beethoven never exhibited the astonishing prodigy characteristics of his predecessor, but he was unusually talented, learning the piano, organ and violin at an early age. At 14, he was...
Excerpt from file: LudwigVanBeethoven LudwigvanBeethovenwas,andremainstoday,anOlympianfigureinthehistoryof classicalmusic.Hisinfluenceonthelast150yearsofmusicisunequalled;while generalyamemberoftheClassicistfold,hewasinfactthefirstRomantic,andpre
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