What are some interesting facts about Beethoven

30 great and interesting facts about Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. He is a key figure in the transition between classical and romantic epochs in classical music. He remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. Below you will find 30 more interesting and interesting facts about Ludwig Van Beethoven.

1. His most famous compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great mass Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio.

2. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven showed his musical talent at an early age and was tutored by his father Johann van Beethoven and by the composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe.

3. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he studied composition with Joseph Haydn and made a name for himself as a virtuoso pianist.

4. He lived in Vienna until his death.

5. His hearing deteriorated in his late 20s, and he was almost deaf for the last decade of his life.

6. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public, but continued to compose. Many of his most admired works date from the last 15 years of his life.

7. When he died, his tombstone had only one word: "Beethoven". At that time he was so famous that he needed it all.

8. It has been reported that Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water before composing. Neither he nor anyone else gave a reason why he would do this.

9. Beethoven made a living in three years playing the viola in an orchestra. This is possibly one of the reasons why it was composed for the piano, "as if it were a stringed instrument".

10. Beethoven's sonata opus 27 no. It took me over two years to compose because he had to write the Prometheus ballet right after it started. The ballet was a commission so he had to finish that first before he could return to the sonata.

11. After his mother died in 1787, he had to look after his younger brothers. Beethoven took his responsibility very seriously until he refused to marry women whom he considered unsuitable.

12. Thomas Broadwood, the English piano maker, sent Beethoven one of his pianos as a gift in 1818. However, when he received it, he was profoundly deaf and had not heard a note.

13. Today we know a lot about how Beethoven composed from his sketchbook, most of which survived.

14. In one of Beethoven's letters, he said he believed his numbness began when he stumbled and fell after being frightened. Nobody knows the real reason, but it is believed that it stems more from one of his many teething troubles.

fifteen. He was always sick. The catalog of his sufferings is long and his suffering would have been very real. Throughout his life he suffered from deafness, colitis, rheumatism, rheumatic fever, typhoid, abscesses, ophthalmia, jaundice, chronic hepatitis, infections and cirrhosis of the liver.

16. Beethoven drank a lot and his father was an alcoholic. He was once arrested as a tramp for being drunk.

17. Beethoven's final words were: "What a shame, a shame, too late!" This was apparently the answer to the fact that he had just received a wine cellar from a music publisher.

18. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is often referred to as a choral symphony. It was the first symphony that ever had parts for singers.

19. His father, a failed musician, was a tyrant. Realizing his son's talent, he decided to see the financial reward for himself that he should be the new Mozart. He let the young Beethoven practice for hours. He died in 1792 before Beethoven's greatness came true.

20. The young Beethoven had to leave school at the age of eleven to help with family responsibilities. As a result, he never learned multiplication or division.

21. Beethoven did not name his sonata op. 27. He called 2 "Moonlight" no. 14. A few years after Beethoven's death, the name was written by the German poet Ludwig Rellstab. Apparently the poet thought the music sounded like moonlight reflecting Lake Lucerne.

22. The Viennese Count Waldstein told the young Beethoven that if he worked hard enough, he would get Mozart's spirit through Haydn's hands.

23. In 1793, at the age of 22, Beethoven often played the piano in the salons of the Viennese nobility. He often played the preludes and fugues of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and quickly established himself as a piano virtuoso.

24. Beethoven admired the ideals of the French Revolution, and so he dedicated his third symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte until Napoleon declared himself emperor. Furious, Beethoven tore the title page from his manuscript and scrubbed off Napoleon's name.

25. Beethoven only wrote one opera, Fidelio, because he needed revisions for over ten years. The original version is still performed occasionally and is called Leonora.

26. After he became deaf, he communicated with his friends in conversation books, where they would write down what they wanted to ask him, and he wrote down his answer.

27. Beethoven's date of birth is not known. He was baptized on December 17, 1770, so it is usually assumed that he would have been born the day before.

28. Beethoven taught for most of his life, although he would only teach students if they had the real talent or were pretty girls. The girls didn't have to have talent.

29. Beethoven always fell in love with unreachable women, so he never married.

30. He fell in love with one of his students, Josephine Brunswick, in 1799. She was considered the intended recipient of his famous "immortal lover" love letter. However, she married a count instead.