Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)

German Classical composer and pianist who became deaf in later life

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Names
Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Dates
1770-1827
Birth
December 16, 1770
Death
1790
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Timeline

16 Dec 1770
Birth of Ludwig van Beethoven
26 Mar 1778
Young Beethoven Plays in Cologne
1783
Nine Variations on a March by Dressler, the first extant composition by Beethoven (who is only 12 years old), is published in Mannheim, Germany.
1783
Beethoven is appointed continuo player to the Bonn opera.
1787
Beethoven Studies with Mozart
1789
Beethoven becomes a violinist for the Bonn court chapel.
1790
Beethoven Impresses Haydn
1790
Beethoven composes cantatas for death of Joseph II and coronation of Leopold II
1792
Beethoven leaves Bonn to study with Haydn in Vienna
1793
Joseph Haydn writes to Beethoven's patron, the archbishop-elector of Cologne, that "Beethoven will one day be considered one of Europe's greatest composers, and I shall be proud to be called his teacher."
29 Mar 1795
Beethoven makes first public appearance in Vienna
Jul 1795
Printed copies of Beethoven's Opus 1 (three Piano Trios) are distributed in Vienna by subscription.
Feb 1796
Beethoven performs on tour in Prague.
May 1796
Beethoven performs in Berlin.
1801
Beethoven Composes the Moonlight Sonata

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