The compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven consist of works  written over forty-five years, from his earliest work in variations for piano on a march by Ernst Christoph Dressler when he was only twelve years old and still in Bonn , till his last work just before his death in Vienna in Beethoven composed in all the main genres of classical music, including symphonies, concertos, string quartets, piano sonatas and one opera. His works range from requiring a solo performer to needing a large orchestra and chorus to perform. Beethoven straddled both the Classical and Romantic periods, working in genres associated with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his teacher Joseph Haydn such as the piano concerto, string quartet and symphony, while on the other hand providing the groundwork for other Romantic composers such as Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt with programmatic works such as his Pastoral Symphony and Piano Sonata " Les Adieux ". Although his output dropped drastically in his later years, this period saw the composition of masterpieces such as the late string quartets , the final five piano sonatas , the Diabelli Variations , the Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony. Beethoven's works are classified by both genre and various numbering systems.
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Beethoven's music is an essential part of the classical repertoire. The genius's powerful, ground-breaking pieces are some of mankind's favorite music. Beethoven felt very strongly about music. He thought it was a pure art , and worshiped it almost like a religion "this great goddess". He hated all types of poor or psuedo-art. Creating music gave him extreme joy, which is definitely reflected in the final product! But it usually took him several goes to get it right.
Ludwig van Beethoven 17 December — 26 March is one of the most influential and significant composers of all time. He was the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras and despite suffering far reaching medical and emotional torments he became completely deaf by the age of 40 his music is a testament to the human spirit in the face of cruel misfortune. Explore ten of the best Beethoven works including symphony, concerto, opera, string quartet and piano sonata masterpieces by the legendary composer. Listen to the best Beethoven works on Apple Music and Spotify and scroll down to explore our selection of the 10 best Beethoven works of all time. At a stroke orchestral music moves into another dimension, with a breadth of conception and emotional freight and range beyond anything previously dreamed of, the exact concision and classical symmetry of Mozart is left behind. It was originally dedicated to Napoleon — a dedication Beethoven removed in a rage on hearing he had made himself Emperor. What Beethoven did here was to understand the possibilities of the sonata form, and thematic development, and then revel in his freedom. The last movement is a particularly clever jigsaw of themes but hearing the piece as a whole is like arriving at the top of a mountain and seeing a new continent. Symphony No.
This was the last piece Beethoven performed in public, due to the worsening of his deafness. Dedicated to his greatest patron, the trio has a joyous first movement, but the slow movement is one of his loveliest. An answer to those who say his music is always angry. This is my candidate for one of the two most unjustly neglected compositions by Beethoven. He wrote it for friends, so the piano part — to be played by Archduke Rudolf — is not complex. The cello has the most demanding part, because it was played by a professional. The slow movement has a deep beauty to it. Like the Triple Concerto — unjustly neglected. It begins with solo piano, then orchestra comes in, then chorus and soloists. At the first performance, Beethoven was improvising, and the piece went off the rails.