In the history of the development of the world of music, Ludwig van Beethoven is a music composer who is considered the most phenomenal. His instrumental music works such as Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 9, and Fur Elise are still being listened to today.
Beethoven’s Uneasy Life
Just as the lives of great people whose pasts are not simple, so is Ludwig van Beethoven. Although he was born into a musical family, his childhood was filled with violence by his very temperamental father and a drunkard, Johann van Beethoven. His father was a tenor singer for a prince at that time. He has a desire to make his son become The next Mozart. He also had a big influence on Beethoven being the greatest music composer. The father was strict in educating Beethoven. Christian Gottlob Neefe becomes Beethoven’s first music teacher. The teacher can immediately see the great talent possessed by these students. Neefe also helped Beethoven to publish his first work in 1783.
In a music magazine, he even mentioned that Beethoven would be Mozart’s successor. In 1787, Beethoven went to Vienna, Austria, and met the genius musician of the time, Mozart. There Beethoven played the piano in front of Mozart and impressed him immediately. Mozart even revealed that Beethoven would become a great musician in the future. In the middle of 1801, he began to lose his hearing power due to otosclerosis. It was the peak of his career. As a result of this, he also felt deep sadness, even depression. Not only that, he began to feel insecure and withdrew from his social life.
Beethoven’s Extraordinary Works
Music has indeed become a part of Beethoven’s life. Even though his hearing did not work, Beethoven was still able to produce a lot of phenomenal works. He successfully created 9 symphonies, 5 sonatas for cello and piano, 5 piano concertos, 10 overtures, and many more. Beethoven has a unique habit. Before composing a musical arrangement, he would pour cold water on his head. According to him, this habit is useful so that he does not easily fall asleep while creating music and the ideas can continue to flow.
Some of his famous works are Symphony No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 5 in B flat Major, Moonlight Sonata, Symphony No. 5, Fur Elise, as well as Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”. Beethoven is a slow music composer who is careful in creating works. During his lifetime, until he died at the age of 56, he only produced 65 compositions with a variety of genres. It is different from Mozart, the musician he admired, who was able to compose 626 works consisting of various genres in his short life.
Beethoven has proven to the world that even though he is deaf is not a barrier to continuing to create music. Music has become a part of him.