Ludwig van Beethoven – Composer

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Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16th, 1770 – March 26th, 1827)

By about 30 years of age around 1800, Beethoven lost his hearing and despite this impediment, Beethoven continued to write musical compositions and most of his greatest compositions were written after he lost his hearing; Symphony No. 3 with the famous “Eroica” symphony in E flat major Op.55, Symphony No. 5 with the famous “Victory” symphony in C minor Op. 67, Symphony No. 6 with the famous “Pastorale” symphony in F major Op. 68, “Choral Fantasy” Symphony in C minor Op. 80 (for piano, solo voice, chorus and orchestra), Piano Trio in D major with the famous “Ghost” Op.70 No.1, and of course the Ninth Symphony in D minor with the famous “Ode to Joy” symphony Op. 125. All these impressive accomplishments were made possible between 1802 and 1824; and Beethoven was working on his Tenth Symphony until he took his last breath on March 26th, 1827.

What is most remarkable about Beethoven is that even after losing his hearing, what in my opinion would have been absolutely devastating to anyone and to most especially a Composer of his impressive caliber, Beethoven did not lose faith and he did not lose hope in God, Beethoven rather continued to praise God fervently in almost all of his compositions after he lost his hearing.

For not losing hope and for not losing faith Beethoven was rewarded bountifully by The Creator, God Almighty; Beethoven was blessed with the knowledge, wisdom, insight and the endless foresight to write heavenly as well as highly refined musical compositions. As he writes in the Ninth Symphony in D minor Op. 125 “Ode to Joy” from bars 634 through 647, Beethoven writes “Do you sense the Almighty God? Seek Him above the stars, above the stars He must reside”. What an amazing and humble individual. Despite all his challenges and difficulties, he triumphed.

Beethoven was kind and generous; he was accommodating, tolerant and he treated all with respect and dignity. Beethoven was generous, so generous to the point that when he travels on concerts, he spends his spare time to give free tutoring to those who could not afford music tutoring.

Beethoven treated all with respect and dignity. There was a great Composer who also was a great Violinist and a great Fencer, Joseph Bologne “Chevalier” de Saint Georges (December 25th, 1745 to June 10th, 1799). His father was French and his mother was Senegalese, but despite his impressive accomplishments he was still referred to as a mulatto, sometimes to his face and other times behind his back. Beethoven did not like the disrespect expressed towards Bologne, and in defense of Bologne, Beethoven did express his lack of tolerance for such disrespectful behavior, outspokenly.

There is so much to learn about Beethoven, but one thing for certain is never to give up. We as a society must never give up on hope and must never lose faith. We as a society must continue to work hard either as individuals or as a collective for a better society. We must continue to get informed because with knowledge comes wisdom; wisdom to treat one another with respect and dignity.

May the Almighty continue to shower us all with His eternal blessings and protection.

--John Clis