I went to the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle couple weeks ago. So for this AMD, I decided to learn more about Beethoven, this amazing German composer.
Before I did any research for this AMD, I didn’t know much about Beethoven besides he composed many brilliant music work. I first watched several short biography videos, which walked me through some of his important life periods.
Not surprisingly, Beethoven showed his music talent in his early childhood. Unfortunately, this made his father to utilize his talents for money. Pushed by his father such hard that there basically was nothing but piano in his childhood, Beethoven did made achievement since a young age and had his first concert at the age of 17. I am impressed that he went to Vienna and played for Mozart. He received praise from the most famous musician at that time! His story reminds me of an article about Yundi Li I’ve read several days ago. Similarly, Yundi also exhibited his talents on piano early in his childhood, which brought his father to trained him towards a professional pianist in a hard way through his childhood. I used to think that this type of parenting could only happen sometimes in China. The good outcomes of this type of parenting scarify the entire childhood.
I also read some online articles with a background of Beethoven music. Similar to many virtuosos, Beethoven’s personal life is not always full of happiness. I can imagine that struggling against the deafness must be especially frustrated for a musician. Even though, he still composed many important works when he was just next to deaf, which was really unbelievable. I think it is really interesting to see how his personal life influenced the style of music he composed.
I don’t think I am able to talk too much about his compositions – it is challenging for me to tell the meaning behind the music. For me, classical music is a relax. And each time when I hear the classical music, especially when it is played by a violin, I regret that I gave up violin in high school. Probably I will start to play it again soon.