Beethoven Accomplishments

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Abstract The topic of my written report will be the musician Ludwig Van Beethoven. In it I will be exploring the life of Beethoven, expand on two of his pieces, and his style of music. A few questions I will be answering in this paper are what are the events that occurred in Beethoven’s life, what are some of his works, how were some of his pieces composed, what is special about a few of his pieces, and why is he well known in the musical world today. Ludwig Van Beethoven was baptized December 17th, 1770 at Bonn. His family came from Belgium and his father worked as a musician for the court of Bonn. Ludwig and his mother were close, and she is described as being sweet, patient, and Ludwig’s best friend. The Beethoven family had…show more content…
His works are distinguished by their extensive development of the themes in musical material, motifs, and modulation of the home key. Generally, his music is divided into three periods: an early period which he pulled upon Mozart and Hadyn for inspiration, a middle period that showed more maturity in expressing in his own style, and a late period in which he had highly evolved his own unorthodox style. He allowed the music to move and develop a material that almost felt as if it was telling a story. His music also coincides with the works of the era, welcoming the drama of life and the love and need to welcome the self, mind, and spirit. While other composers of his time such as Mozart and Haydn focused more on the musical movement in the exposition, Beethoven developed the sonata form to become more structured. For example his Eroica Symphony, which is divided into four generally equal sections which make it a sonata form in a sonata form. Another element Beethoven expanded on is his extensive use of forceful and marked rhythmic patterns throughout his pieces in particular his themes and motifs. He also pulled towards larger orchestras that continue today and moved the sounds downward, to the violas and cellos, giving his music a darker and heavier feel than his preceding composers. In his Fifth Symphony, Beethoven introduced the striking motif in the opening bar, which he repeated in various forms in the rest of the movements in the symphony. This introduced a now important form, the cyclic form. He also changed the typical to the times dance four-movement work into a darker march which he used in his third movement and flooded into his fourth. His Ninth Symphony included a chorus and solo voices in the fourth movement for the first time and made extensive use of fugues which were again for the time period unusual for symphonies. He worked heavily over his

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