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By: Maddy Schaaf
 Ludwig van Beethovenwas born on
December, 16 1770 in Bonn.
 He was named after his grandfather.
 Ludwig was interested in music at an early
 His father would teach him night and day
after returning to the house from music
practice or the tavern.
First Performance
 Beethoven’s first performance was at the age
of seven, on March 26, 1778
 He learned the organ and composition by
renowned musicians such as Gottlob Neefe.
 Neefe saw how talented he was and started
to teach him
First Work
 In 1784, he published his first work: 9
variations, in C Minor, for piano, on march by
Ernst Christoph Dressler.
 Later Neefe wrote in a Magazine of Music, “If
he continues like this he will be, without
doubt, the new Mozart.
 In 1784, at the age of 14, Ludwig was
appointed organist of the court of Maximilian
Fraz, Elecotr of Cologne.
 In 1787, he was given a grand to travel to
Vienna to meet Mozart and to further his
 He had to cut his trip short because his
mother passed away on July 17, 1787.
 5 years later Beethoven received another
grant to send him back to Vienna, once again
to purse musical education.
 He never returned to Bonn again.
 Once he went back to Vienna he took lessons
from Haydn.
 1794, Beethoven composed opus 1, three
trios for piano.
 In 1800, he organized a new convert in Vienna
including the presentation of his first
symphony. At this time, it’s said that some
listeners found the symphony strange, overly
extravagant, and even risque.
 In 1801, Beethoven told his friends he was
worried about becoming deaf. A year later he
wrote his famous text which expressed his
anger at the unfairness of his life, called
Heiligenstadt Testament.
 Beethoven knew it was getting worse, but
music kept him living. He threw himself into
his greatest works like: sonatas for piano, and
the second and third symphonies.
 In 1805, the opening performance for his only
opera called Leonore, was November 20.
 The following year he composed many
symphonies such as: the Corioln Overture,
the Patoral, and Fur Elise.
 Beethoven received an annual grant of 4,000
florins, allowing him to live without financial
 The only condition was that he had to stay in
Vienna. Beethoven accepted this grant.
 This made him the first independent
 November 15, 1815, Beethoven’s brother,
Kaspar Karl, died.
 Leaving his son under Beethoven’s care.
 He passed away March 26, 1827.