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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (/ˈlʊdvɪɡ væn ˈbtvən/ ( listen), /-hvən/; German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːtˌhoːfn̩] ( listen); baptised 17 December 177026 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Classical music, he remains one of the most recognised and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio.

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this piece was composed to try to show people how everything sounded through beethovens ears he used a hearing trumpet to hear high notes this is what his symphonies may have sounded to him

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Beethoven was an amazing composer, but was often misunderstood and thought of as crazy. This was due to the fact that he had a bad infection in his ear. People often think that Beethoven was completely deaf. This is not true. Beethoven had an infection in his inner ear canal. the human ear has little hairs in their ear that vibrate when sound hits them. The louder sounds hit the hairs deeper in the ear canal and the quiet sounds hit the hairs on the outer part of the ear. When Beethoven heard regular sounds such as a person talking in a regular tone it hit the hairs in the part of the ear that had an infection.This caused Beethoven great pain and he often lashed out because of it and why his music is either really loud or really soft.

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Moonlight Sonata, a piece by Beethoven.

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Leonard Bernstein discusses Beethoven's 1st symphony

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Leonard Bernstein discusses Beethoven's 2nd symphony

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Leonard Bernstein discusses Beethoven's 3rd symphony

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Leonard Bernstein discusses Beethoven's 8th symphony

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Leonard Bernstein discusses the beginning of Beethoven's 4th symphony

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Leonard Bernstein discusses Beethoven's 5th symphony

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Leonard Bernstein discusses his understanding of Beethoven's 6th and 7th symphonies

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