Composer of the Month

Ludwig van Beethoven

(1770-1827)


Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist from the Classical Era of music. He is one of the greatest and most well-known composers to have ever lived. Beethoven’s father was his first music teacher, and he was considered, like other composers, to be a child prodigy on piano. His works are divided into three periods, each with their own distinct sound, which shows that his music evolved over the course of his writing. Among his works include his nine well-known symphonies, string quartets, chamber music, voice music, sonatas, and solo works. His other great contribution to music is his creation of the “sonata form”, which is a certain musical structure consisting of three main sections, which is found in the first movement of a sonata. He gradually lost his hearing, and was completely deaf for the last several years of his life. He never married, had no children, and died at the age of 56.


Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820