Beethoven's Introduction To Music

He was born on or about December 16, 1770 in the city of Bonn, Germany

Ludwig van Beethoven was baptized on December 17, 1770

Since as a matter of law and custom, babies were baptized within 24 hours of birth, December 16 is his most likely birthday

Beethoven had two younger brothers who survived into adulthood, Caspar, born in 1774, and Johann, born in 1776

Sometime between the births of his two younger brothers, Beethoven's father began teaching him music, but his father was beating him for every mistake or hesitation he made

On a nearly daily basis, Beethoven was locked in the cellar and deprived of sleep for extra practice hours. He studied the violin and clavier with his father as well as taking lessons from organists around town

Beethoven's father arranged his first public performance on March 26, 1778

At the age of 10, Beethoven withdrew from school to study music full time with Christian Gottlob Neefe

At the age of twelve Beethoven published his first composition

When Beethoven's father was no longer able to support his family, Ludwig van Beethoven requested an official appointment as Assistant Court Organist. Despite his age, his request was accepted, and Beethoven was put on the court payroll with a modest annual salary of 150 florins

Florins - A former British coin and monetary unit worth two shillings


In 1787 the court decided to send Beethoven to Vienna, Europe’s capital of culture and music, where he hoped to study with Mozart

After only a few weeks in Vienna, Beethoven learned that his mother had become sick and he returned home to Bonn

Beethoven continued his reputation as the city's most promising young court musician

When the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died in 1790, Beethoven received the honor of composing a musical memorial in his honor. For reasons that remain unclear, Beethoven's composition was never performed. However, more than a century later, Johannes Brahms discovered that Beethoven had in fact composed a "beautiful and noble" piece of music entitled Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II. It is now considered his earliest masterpiece

In 1792 Beethoven decided to leave his hometown for Vienna once again

He studied piano with Joseph

 Haydn, vocal composition with Antonio Salieri and counterpoint with Johann Albrechtsberger. Not yet known as a composer, Beethoven quickly established a reputation as a pianist who was especially good at improvisation.



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