Ludwig Van Beethoven, One Of The Most Influential Composers Of History

852 Words Sep 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Lillie Moseley
MUS101
September 23, 2016

Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most influential composers of history. He has inspired many musical pieces even since his death and continues to do so. One of the most important feats he accomplished was to continue to compose music even through difficult setbacks.
The exact day of Beethoven’s birth is not known. However, in the customs of his time a baby was baptized the day after its birth. There are formal records showing he was baptized on December 17, 1770. Due to this it is assumed that he was born on the sixteenth of December. Beethoven, however, even presented with documents of his baptism, claims to has been born two years later in 1772. He was born in Bonn, Germany to Johann van Beethoven and Maria Magdelena van Beethoven. His father was known to be an abusive alcoholic, which most believe had an affect Beethoven all through his life. Beethoven’s father also pushed him so hard in music, forcing him to practice for hours without rest and even beating him when he made mistakes. Despite these harsh conditions, Beethoven did excel in music even at a young age. His music was during a time between classical and romantic. He attended majority of his musical training in Vienna, Austria, studying under very prominent composers such as Joseph Haydn. By the spring of 1800 he had composed his first symphony, Symphony No. 1 in C Major. Throughout his life Beethoven composed many classical pieces and slowly made his rise to fame as…

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