Sunday, May 18, 2008

Classical Masterpieces of All Time - Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16, 1770 - March 26, 1827) was a German composer and virtuoso pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most respected and influential composers of all time.

Born in Bonn, Germany, he moved to Vienna, Austria in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Beethoven's hearing gradually deteriorated beginning in his twenties, yet he continued to compose masterpieces and to conduct and perform even after he was completely deaf. He died on March 26, 1827.

Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven
as played by Wilhelm Kempff

Tags: Classical Masterpieces, Ludwig van Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata,
Wilhelm Kempff

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla


Anonymous said...

I love to share the classics with my children...right now my speakers are dead and we can't listen to any of the pieces...not fun! lol!! Recently, we've been listening to George Bizet's Carmen...La Habenera is my favorite!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Jenny,
Few youngsters nowadays appreciate classical music. But they are there for all times so that people will enjoy them. Thanks for the visit and comments. God bless.

Sameera Ansari said...

I am a fan of him ever since I was a very small kid,ever since I first heard Fur Elise.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Sameera,
Yes, Beethoven is the greatest composer and pianist who ever lived. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always my dear friend.

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