Beethoven by Anne Pimlott Baker

By Anne Pimlott Baker

Thought of via many the world's maximum composer, Ludwig van Beethoven accomplished his targets opposed to the problems of a bullying and drunken father, transforming into deafness and mounting ill-health. This biography tells the tale of his lifestyles and paintings from his beginning in Bonn in 1770 and his early employment as a courtroom musician to his dying in Vienna in 1827. It describes his reviews with Haydn in Vienna and his paintings in the course of the French Revolution and the increase of Napoleon. His so much financially profitable interval the Congress of Vienna in 1815, regardless of numerous unsatisfied amorous affairs and non-stop fear over his nephew, Karl.

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Beethoven’s love was at its most intense during the winter of 1804–5, and in a letter she wrote from Budapest in 1806 she asked him to love her less seriously. It had ended by the end of 1807, after which she left Vienna permanently. This was a pattern which seemed to repeat itself: Beethoven found himself attracted to women who were unattainable, either because they were already married or attached to another man, or because of their superior rank. But Beethoven does not seem to have been particularly attractive to women – he was in love with them, but his love was not returned.

During the summer of 1820 Beethoven composed the piano sonata op. 109, the first of three sonatas he had agreed to write for the Berlin publisher Schlesinger. The other two, op. 110 and op. 111, his last piano sonatas, were sent to Schlesinger in early 1822. Although much of the time he was too ill to compose, in 1821 he was working mainly on the Missa Solemnis. In 1822 he wrote most of the Diabelli Variations, and was commissioned to write the incidental music and an overture, op. 124, for an opera, The Consecration of the House, based on The Ruins of Athens.

Beethoven was not a recluse and had a large circle of friends in Vienna, who would gather with him in a tavern in the evenings, although he no longer had any close women friends; he also received visitors from abroad, including Rossini who came in the summer of 1822. But he became increasingly absent-minded and absorbed in his work, and his friends noticed that he was sometimes still at work at midnight, and often missed meals. He seemed to be totally possessed by his music. During the summer of 1820 Beethoven composed the piano sonata op.

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