The Emotional Creativity Of Ludwig Van Beethoven — страница 2

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bed sleeping. The father roughly shook him awake, the boy gathered his wits and, weeping, went to the piano, where he remained, with Pfeiffer seated next to him, until morning. (Solomon 17). Sometimes when Ludwig made mistakes his father and Pfeiffer would beat him on his ears(Mason This is said to be the cause of Beethoven s deafness later in life. During the next couple of years young Beethoven began improvising on the piano. When his father saw him doing this he kept him on the violin, but he improvised on that too(Burke 36). Johann tried desperately to subdue his son s attempts at composition and improvisation. What silly trash are you scraping away at now? You know I cant bear that! Scrape according to the notes;

otherwise your scraping wont be of much use. he would shout at his son(Solomon 16). Mastery of the art of Improvisation was the Hallmark of the 18th century viruoso and composer. (Solomon18). When improvising and composing Beethoven set his feelings to music, indicating that he was unprepared to explore his emotions. Johann could see that his son was surpassing him and was not happy about this, but he had to let go.(Solomon 20) Throughout his second decade young Ludwig began to establish a place for himself in his community(Solomon 20). At the age of eleven he began taking lessons from court organist Christian Gottolo Neefe(Funk and Wagnalls). Ludwig played his first concert when he was twelve, but his father said he was nine(Immortal Beloved). During this time in Ludwig s life

he was slowly losing his father to alcohol, and essentially became the father of his younger brothers(Mason Also at this time Ludwig s first known compositions were published. He wrote three sonatas for piano dedicated to Elector Man Friedrich, a piano concerto in E flat major, and three quartets for piano and strings. His works were quickly published as a result of his young age.(Solomon 20) At the age of 12 Beethoven was appointed assistant court organist but remained unpaid. By the time he was 13 Ludwig s income supported the entire family, as well as his father s drinking habit(Mason Neefe helped young Ludwig a lot during this time. He encouraged Beethoven s composing

and pushed his developmental motion during the early 1780 s, but more importantly Ludwig found a kindred spirit, a moral mentor, and perhaps a second father in Neefe(Solomon 21). In 1787 Beethoven made his first trip to Vienna, Austria, one of the most musical cities of the time. While in Vienna Beethoven visited Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When he played for Mozart the great master ran into an adjoining room and said to his friends Pay attention to him-he will make a name for himself one day. (The World of Music 124) During his stay in Vienna Beethoven found out that his mother was dying and rushed home. When he got there he found that his father had become a hopeless alcoholic. His mother died soon after his return of tuberculosis; Ludwig was only 17. Johann was seen in the

streets selling his wives clothes immediately following her death to pay for his alcoholism.(Mason After the death of his mother Beethoven secured two pupils of a wealthy family. By now his father could not support the family. His two new students were named Stephan and Eleonore Von Breuning. While he was there their mother, Mrs. Von Breuning, introduced Ludwig to literature and cultured society to smooth out his rough edges. Ludwig and the Von Breuning family became lifelong friends(Mason In 1792 Beethoven left Bonn once more and traveled to Vienna. Also during this year Beethoven began losing his hearing, but could not bring himself to admit it. In a letter written to his

brothers called the Heiligenstadt testament Beethoven writes: “Oh, you fellow men who think of me, or even denounce me as being morose, mean, or misanthropic, how much you wrong me! Since you do not know the secret cause of what makes me seem that way…. I could not bring myself to say to people ‘Speak louder, shout, because I am deaf.” How could I bring myself to admit to a weakness in the one sense which should be more perfect in me than in anyone else?… I must live as if in exile; if I venture into the company of others a burning fear overcomes me, that my condition might be discovered…. a little more and I would have ended my life…only my art has held me back…. do not forget me in my death – I deserve your remembrance because all my life I thought of you and