Ludwig Van Beethoven
By: Ashely Tavarez
Ludwig van Beethoven is a was a famous German composer and pianist. Ludwig van Beethoven used to be one of the world's greatest composers, he used to write symphonies, overtures, and pieces for piano as well as other instruments too. Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770, in Bonn. He was the second-oldest child of the court musician and tenor singer, Johann van Beethoven, he was also his first teacher. However, he wasn't a good one he would beat his son and lock him in the basement to make him practice. At times when he arrived home late at night and awaken Ludwig to make him practice till morning.
Beethoven began studying the piano and violin at the age of four. When he turned eight his father had decided to make some money from his son's talent, and represented Ludwig as a concert pianist. Beethoven's father wanted Beethoven to be known as a child prodigy, so he had advertised Beethoven to be six year old instead. When he turned eleven, Christian Gottlob Neefe, an organist and court musician in Bonn, became his new teacher. He was much more patient with Beethoven, and by the age of eleven Beethoven wrote his first composition. When Beethoven was twelve, his teacher allowed him to direct an orchestra part of the time. Beethoven who was employed as a as a musician in Bonn since 1787, Beethoven was granted a paid leave of absence to go study in Vienna by Mozart . Then he soon had to return to Bonn to look after his family after the death of his mother.
In 1792 Ludwig chose to move to Vienna and took lessons form Joseph Haydn, however Haydn had insisted that Beethoven write “ Pupil of Haydn” at the top of each composition he wrote. Beethoven had tired of giving Haydn all the credit for his work and quit studying with him. At the time most composers were hired by people to write music and wrote the kind of music they were told to write. However, it was different for Beethoven he was treated as a friend and wrote the...