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Lecture 13

Lecture 13 - Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) - The Bridge between Classicism and Romanticism

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MUS 1302
Jerry M.Cain

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 17701827The Bridge between Classicism and Romanticism Born in Bonn Germany into a family of musicians His father was a tenor vocalist in the Chapel of theElectoral Court in BonnAt age of 17 Beethoven traveled to Vienna and played forMozart1791Before his 22nd birthday he moved to Vienna to study withHaydn and Beethoven remained there for lifeKeyboard VIRTUOSO renowned for his skill atIMPROVISATION for instance in cadenzasVery popular in Vienna where the aristocrats and publicsupported him well unlike Haydn he had no singlepatron He supported himself through a combination ofannual stipends or single gifts from members of thearistocracy income from subscription concerts concertsand lessons and proceeds from sales of his worksBeethovens Classical TraitsBeethoven composed in the STYLES and GENRES of the Classical Era following the classicalrules of form harmonic relationships etc During his twenties Beethoven noticed the first signs of deafness which eventually became totalAs his hearing became more and more impaired he was forced to give up his performing andconducting career but he kept composing until the end of his lifeEmbarrassed by his ailment and often ill he became much more isolated and contemplated suicide
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