Composer of the Month: Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van BeethovenLudwig Van Beethoven was a German composer born December 1770. There is no record of his birth, but there is record of his baptism which leads people to believe that he was born December 16,1770. Beethoven started his composing career at a young age by learning to play the piano from his father. His father forced him to learn music hoping that he would become the next child prodigy. Beethoven is now famous for composing a number of symphonies, piano concertos, piano sonatas, string quartets, and a violin concerto. Sadly, Beethoven started losing his hearing near the end of his adult life. Even though his hearing was rapidly decreasing, he still managed to compose an opera, six symphonies, four solo concerti, five string quartets, six string sonatas, seven piano sonatas, five sets of piano variations, four overtures, four trios, two sextets and seventy-two songs. His most famous songs out of these collections is symphonies No. 3-8, the “Moonlight Sonata,” the “Kreutzer” violin sonata and Fidelio, and his only opera. He died march 26, 1827 of cirrhosis of the liver.

Our featured song this month is “Moonlight Sonata”. Beethoven dedicated this song to his 16 year old student Countess Giulietta. It has three movements, but his well known movement is the first movement. Here are the links to the free resources:Moonlight Sonata

Here is the link to the recorded version of the music including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd movement: Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (Full)

Here is the link to a shorter version of the song including only the 1st movement (In case you get bored with the 14 min version): Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata 1st movement

Here is the link to the free sheet music including all three movements!: Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata Sheet music

Some of the information in this post came from biography.com. I hope that you have enjoyed this post. What do you think about Beethoven losing his hearing? Please feel free to share your thoughts  in the comments below. I would love to read any ideas or opinions you may have on this subject. Thanks for reading!

-Alexandria

 

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