Ludwig van Beethoven
1770 - 1827
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist.
"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life"
"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable!"
"Don’t only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets"
"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents."
"Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind, but which mankind cannot comprehend."
Quotes by Ludwig van Beethoven
From the Ludvig van Beethoven article in the Grove Music Dictionary
(b Bonn, bap. Dec 17, 1770; d Vienna, March 26, 1827).German composer. His early achievements, as composer and performer, show him to be extending the Viennese Classical tradition that he had inherited from Mozart and Haydn. As personal affliction – deafness, and the inability to enter into happy personal relationships – loomed larger, he began to compose in an increasingly individual musical style, and at the end of his life he wrote his most sublime and profound works. From his success at combining tradition and exploration and personal expression, he came to be regarded as the dominant musical figure of the 19th century, and scarcely any significant composer since his time has escaped his influence or failed to acknowledge it. For the respect his works have commanded of musicians, and the popularity they have enjoyed among wider audiences, he is probably the most admired composer in the history of Western music
(Joseph Kerman, Alan Tyson, Scott G. Burnham, Douglas Johnson and William Drabkin)
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Piano Music by Beethoven
Piano Sonatas by Beethoven
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