How Did Beethoven Solve The Struggles Of Being Deaf

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Can you imagine having to compose symphonies without being able to hear them? Ludwig Van Beethoven was a brilliant composer who also happened to be deaf. On December 15th or 16th, 1770, Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. He had many siblings, but most of them passed away and only three survived (Thompson 5). Beethoven grew up in a musical family. His father wanted him to be a musician like him, so he taught Beethoven the violin and piano. He had a difficult relationship with his father, Johann, who was a singer and an instrumentalist. His father would abuse him and force Beethoven to practice for long hours (Cooper). For most of his life, Beethoven was constantly learning and playing several instruments which lead him to write his own music. (Thompson 6). His first compositions were published at around age twelve (Thompson 6). Beethoven faced the challenge of being deaf, yet he still became a famous composer and changed music forever. Beethoven had the disability of being deaf, which made being a composer challenging. At age thirty, he began to lose his hearing (Thompson 16). Eventually, his hearing became worse until he was completely deaf. Beethoven encountered many challenges due to his deafness. His piano was…show more content…
Even though Beethoven was losing his hearing, he continued to compose. In March 1801, his first show, a ballet titled Prometheus, was performed (Thompson 19). Beethoven finished another symphony, three violin sonatas, two piano sonatas and several short piano pieces (Thompson 19). Beethoven composed countless symphonies, but his fifth one was the most popular. As it was described, “It is conceived with genius, executed with great thoughtfulness, and expresses the romantic spirit in music in the highest degree” (Thompson 26). The famous song, “Ode To Joy”, was part of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. Beethoven’s work is still well known and famous

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