Beethoven and Mahler Essay

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Beethoven and Mahler

This report examines the history and musical ability of Ludwig Van Beethoven with a comparison to another great composer Gustav Mahler. The purpose of this report is to provide a brief summary of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s life and compare and contrast Beethoven’s musical work and life struggles to another great composer Gustav Mahler, who attempted to improve Beethoven’s work in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Gustav Mahler and Beethoven were great composers of different times in the 19th century. Gustav Mahler idealized Beethoven and his musical accomplishments. To understand the musical compositions and the inspirations of Beethoven’s and Mahler’s
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Neefe used the music of German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach as a cornerstone of instruction, and later encouraged his student to study with Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whom Beethoven met briefly in Vienna in 1787. In 1792, Beethoven made another journey to Vienna to study with Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, and he stayed there for the rest of his life.

Beethoven’s music is generally divided into three main creative periods. The first period extends to the year of about 1802, when Beethoven made a reference to a “new manner” in connection with his art. The second, or middle, period extends to about 1812, after the completion of his Seventh and Eighth Symphonies. The third period emerged quite gradually. Beethoven composed it’s most pivotal piece of music called the Hammerklavier Sonata. Beethoven then composed his last five quartets, written between 1824 and 1826, and can be regarded as marking the beginning of the fourth creative period.

During the last decade of his life, Beethoven had almost completely lost his hearing, and he was increasingly socially isolated. He had assumed the guardianship of his nephew Karl after a lengthy legal struggle, and despite Beethoven’s affection for Karl, there was enormous friction

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