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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".

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Essential Repertoire, Piano Sheet Music Essentials: Ludwig van Beethoven

In our Piano Sheet Music Essentials series, we aim to offer recommendations of popular and well-known piano pieces by a selection of celebrated composers. This article focuses on the work of Ludwig van Beethoven, leading figure in the new Romantic age of music.

Sheet Music Favourites, Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas

Beethoven's ten sonatas for piano and violin, along with those by Mozart, constitute the heart of this classical music genre. Not only does Clive Brown's scholarly critical edition offer a meticulously edited text, but for the first time it presents a list of sources and a Critical Report. Find out more about Barenreiter's Beethoven publications here.

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