Ludwig Van Beethoveen was born in in Bonn, Germany as the son of a court musician. His talent for the piano was soon realized and he gave his first public performance at the age of eight. Beethoven's father wanted to promote him as the next child prodigy, another Mozart. This most surely led to Beethoven's absolute distaste for child prodigies later in his life. Nevertheless, Beethoven was employeed as a court musician in Bonn from
The early years
Life and work
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Few composers write pieces that are remembered centuries after their deaths — and fewer still have their notes inspire poetry. As so often with the man and his music, Ludwig van Beethoven is different. Despite lockdowns and a pandemic, fans all over the world are celebrating the th anniversary of his birth with typical enthusiasm, hosting talks and digital concerts from Rotterdam to Denver. In March, performers with the Berlin State Opera took to their balconies to sing excerpts from his heroic Ninth Symphony. In May, officials eagerly reopened the Beethoven-Haus, his childhood home in the centre of Bonn.
Beethoven is a singularity in the history of art—a phenomenon of dazzling and disconcerting force. He not only left his mark on all subsequent composers but also molded entire institutions. The art of conducting emerged in his wake. The modern piano bears the imprint of his demand for a more resonant and flexible instrument. LP, in , contained the Fifth Symphony, and the duration of first-generation compact disks was fixed at seventy-five minutes so that the Ninth Symphony could unfurl without interruption. After Beethoven, the concert hall came to be seen not as a venue for diverse, meandering entertainments but as an austere memorial to artistic majesty. Listening underwent a fundamental change.