- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Born in Germany (1770 - 1827)
- Classical/Romantic Ear crossover.
- Became famous as a piano player rather than his compositions in his 20's.
- Taught by Haydn who wrote the Surprise Symphony.
- Started losing his hearing in his late 20's. He did, however, continue to compose, conduct and perform, even after he was completely deaf. One story recalls that after conducting the premiere of his Ninth Symphony he had to be turned around to see the overwhelming applause of the audience. When he heard nothing, he began to weep.
SOME FAMOUS PIECES:
- Für Elise (a popular piano piece to learn).
- ‘Moonlight’ Sonata (for the piano).
- Symphony No. 5.
- ‘Ode to Joy’ from Symphony No. 9.
Listening and Responding with your class:
- How many notes in the memorable motif of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Answer: 4
- What is the difference between the first three notes and 4th note of the motif? Answer: First 3 notes are short followed by the 4th long note. AND. First 3 notes are higher than the 4th.
- Using ti ti ta ta, how would be write/say the first motif? Answer: Ti ti ti ta-a
- How many times is the motif played in the first phrase (24 seconds of the above recording) Answer: 14
- Discuss Instrumentation. Can the class identify which part of the video is for Woodwind/Brass/Strings. Eg. Strings play the opening.
- Brief Analysis:
- 27sec = Brass.
- 35sec = Woodwind Enter
- 35-48 sec = Crescendo & Woodwind and Brass enter.
- 51sec = Trumpet (solo)
More Info and Activities on Beethoven!
Link to further information about Beethoven's life. Click here.
For a Word Search Worksheet on Beethoven click here.