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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Posted by Administrator on 8/25/2012 to Music
One composer bridged the Classical and Romantic periods of music. One composer drank coffee daily – sixty coffee beans per cup. One composer studied under Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Mozart. One composer dedicated a symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, until he learned that Napoleon had crowned himself emperor, at which point the symphony was rededicated to the heroic “common man.” And one composer continued writing incredible music even after he was deaf and unable to hear his own compositions. That composer is the complex character of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Posted by Administrator on 8/15/2012 to Homeschooling
Called a true musical prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing music at the age of four, and he played in concerts across Europe at the age of six. He had perfect pitch, enabling him to sing a note on request or name a note when played for him. This ability became almost a parlor game at many of his concerts. And he taught himself how to play the violin, in addition to playing the clavier or keyboard. In his short lifetime (only thirty-five years) he composed over six hundred pieces in a variety of styles: operas, chorale music, symphonies, keyboard pieces, masses, and more. After listening to a small sampling of his works, you will readily agree that Mozart had a rare gift for creating music – compositions that have brought joy and delight to listeners’ hearts for nearly two-and-a-half centuries.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Posted by Administrator on 8/1/2012 to Homeschooling
“At the thought of God my heart leapt for joy, and I could not help my music’s doing the same.” Joseph Haydn’s music certainly expresses and encourages joy – so much so that some of his sacred music was actually criticized by some puritanical church members during his day. It is a joy that could only come from a love of God because early circumstances in his life would have defeated and discouraged moist men. Yet “Papa Haydn,” as he was affectionately called, maintained a merry heart and encouraging spirit throughout his years.
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