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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven (16 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a composer of the transitional period between the late Classical and early Romantic eras. He was born in Bonn, Germany.

Beethoven is widely regarded as one of the greatest masters of musical construction, sometimes sketching the architecture of a movement before he had decided upon the subject matter. He was one of the first composers to systematically and consistently use interlocking thematic devices, or “germ-motives”, to achieve unity between movements in long compositions. (Some insight into the meaning of the germ-motive device is given at the end of this bio.) Equally remarkable was his use of “source-motives”, which recurred in many different compositions and lent some unity to his life’s work. He made innovations in almost every form of music he touched. For example, he diversified even the well-crystallised form the rondo, making it more elastic and spacious, which brought it closer to sonata form. He was mostly inspired by the natural course of nature, and liked to write songs describing nature.

Beethoven composed in a great variety of genres, including symphonies, concerti, piano sonatas, other instrumental sonatas (including for violin), string quartets and other chamber music, masses, lieder, and one opera.

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  • lear_4

    Who hung the label "on tour"?)

    8 hours ago Reply
  • hlna

    hopefully he releases a new album when he goes to brazil [2]

    24 Jan 8:57pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    ... preferably some underground works! ba-dum tsss

    24 Jan 4:01pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    hopefully he releases a new album when he goes to brazil

    20 Jan 9:53am Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Don't worry about going to Brazil, B. You're better off staying dead.

    15 Jan 7:55pm Reply
  • breno_batistac

    COME TO BRAZIL [214792]

    12 Jan 3:10am Reply
  • PyerDaChello

    new album pls

    11 Jan 5:37pm Reply
  • GabrieelEV

    COME TO BRAZIL [214791]

    11 Jan 4:29pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    These jokers are everywhere.

    11 Jan 4:10pm Reply
  • flaviobjr

    COME TO BRAZIL [214790]

    11 Jan 4:38am Reply
  • Wooshmeister

    :|

    10 Jan 12:09am Reply
  • b0ndedbybl00d

    COME TO BRAZIL [214789] ps: new album, plz [22]

    6 Jan 2:21pm Reply
  • ThaddausTeewurs

    Is he making a tour soon?

    4 Jan 4:34pm Reply
  • juninhohyuuga

    Come To Brazil

    3 Jan 3:45pm Reply
  • AndreDias164

    Tantissimi brasiliani in questa bacheca...

    1 Jan 6:19pm Reply
  • Francielefm

    Come To Brazil [214787] BR sendo BR HUEHEUHE

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    His complexion was probably like a latin american person today (see this), which would have been considered "dark" in his time and place where virtually all people were very white. And I didn't know a big nose and broad cheek (or curly hair for that matter) are somehow exclusive to african people. If anything, big lips are, which he did not have.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • demoissster

    Beethoven actually had a very dark complexion and curly hair. His face, based on his death mask, had africanlike features. However, he is always pictured as a fair skinned man with white features. That was a time before photoshop and skin bleaching...

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Iggy_86

    Beethoven doesn't come to Brazil. Brazil comes to Beethoven.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • meninoestranho

    Don't come to Brazil!

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
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