Friday, December 17, 2010

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Ludwig van Beethoven

(17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827)

The master was baptized two hundred and forty years ago. One of the most famous and influential composers of all time, he was a childhood prodigy on piano who began to lose his hearing even as his star was rising. Despite his tinnitus, he went on to compose an impressive body of work that includes some one hundred and fifty eight songs for piano, nine symphonies, thirty two sonatas, seven concerti, two masses, and one opera. Feast on some of the most sumptuous courses of music ever composed by a true gourmet chef.

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony may be the most well-known piece of music in the world. "Thus Fate knocks at the door!"

Für Elise
Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor for solo piano
It is not certain who "Elise" was.

The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor 
"Quasi una fantasia" (Moonlight Sonata) was dedicated to his beloved pupil Countess Giulietta Guicciardi.

'Ode to Joy' is the final movement of his last completed symphony: The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral". It was the first time a major composer used voices in a symphony. One of my favorite pieces of music, ever.

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