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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer)

Born: December 1770, Bonn

Died: 26th March 1827, Vienna

Nationality: Austrian, German

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music; his works rank amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire and span the transition from the Classical period to the Romantic era in classical music. His career has conventionally been divided into early, middle, and late periods. The "early" period, during which he forged his craft, is typically considered to have lasted until 1802. From 1802 to around 1812, his "middle" period showed an individual development from the "classical" styles of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is sometimes characterized as "heroic".

Further Reading: Beethoven

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven violin sonatas from Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn

Three snapshots from the beginning, middle and end of Beethoven's career trace his development of the violin sonata form from its Classical roots into new directions.

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven Piano Concertos from Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle

Zimerman, Rattle, and the London Symphony Orchestra present expressively exuberant performances of Beethoven's five piano concertos that are full of joy, wit, and drama.

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