Ludwig van Beethoven

Germany…lived 1770 to 1827…megastar, ranked #3 by Goulding…”Da da, da daaa”, most
famous sounds in western world…going deaf by age thirty, cut legs off pianos, put his
head against the floor, “heard” vibrations…known to dump water over his head to keep
awake while composing.

                Works Featured on CD's

BeethovenEgmont Overture, 1810…power!!

BeethovenFifth Symphony, 1807, written 5 years after his hearing problems began...
first 4 notes of this piece, ”Da da, da daaa”, letter “V” in Morse code, World War II British
played these notes during openings of news broadcasts, signifying “V” for victory.

BeethovenBagatelle Fur Elise…1808…German, a short instrumental piece for
Theresa…publisher couldn’t read Beethoven’s handwriting…published girl’s name as
“Elise”…Definition: Bagatelle, short, light piece for piano.

Beethoven: The Minuet in G…1795.

BeethovenMoonlight Sonata…named 1832 by poet, Ludwig Rellstab;
reminded him of moonlight ripples on Lake Lucerne.

BeethovenSonata Number 8, Pathetique…1798…one of only two sonatas named
personally by Beethoven.

 BeethovenOde to Joy, last movement Ninth Symphony1825…stone deaf by now,
 two more years to live…this symphony considered his greatest work by many.

 BeethovenRomance Number 2 in F…1802.

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