Ludwig Van Beethoven (1870 – 1827) was a famous pianist who hailed from Bonn, Germany. His influence on music is indisputable especially when it comes to his symphonies, piano concertos, and piano sonatas among other compositions. In fact, he was so influential that there is a statute of him in Bonn, Germany. Bonn also has a museum built in his honor. Here are some interesting facts on Beethoven.


Beethoven Experienced Hearing Difficulties

Beethoven threw a tantrum in 1798 when someone interrupted him while he was working. He experienced a nasty fall during this incident and he was deaf when he got back to his feet. His hearing ability improved after this incident, but it never recovered. He faced serious difficulties when it came to interacting with people in his social and professional settings. He was almost completely deaf by 1814. This hearing problem did not stop him from composing music. Instead, it motivated him. For example, he composed Symphony No. 9 and Missa solemnis when his hearing was at its worst. In fact, he composed most of his renowned compositions after 1798 i.e. after his hearing difficulties started.



Beethoven Came From a Humble Background

Beethoven was a commoner in a highly aristocratic society. The aristocrats loved his music, but they never accepted him in their closed knit circles. For example, several women rejected him because he was a commoner including Julie Guicciardi and Josephine Brunsvik. Guicciardi and Brunsvik were countesses. Therese Malfatti, the daughter of a rich merchant and estate owner, also rejected his advanced for similar reasons. Beethoven turned to music to express his love for these women. For example, he composed Sonata No. 14 and Für Elise for Brunsvik and Malfatti respectively.



Inspiration from the Life of Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music students struggle with many issues in their lives including physical, financial, and psychological problems. Beethoven also struggled with such issues. In fact, he heard hearing difficulties, which is heartbreaking if you are a composer. The most inspiring thing about him is that he never gave up on his talent. Instead, he played the piano. In fact, he created his greatest compositions during his time of great tribulation. For example, he composed music when the world rejected him. Learn music so that you can nurture your talent. Use it as a tool for promoting harmony, patience, and happiness just as Beethoven did.


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