This year we will be finding out about a different composer or famous piece of music each half term.
Today we found out about Beethoven.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in December 1770; however, no one is sure of the exact date.
He is famous for being one of the main composers of the Classical music era.
Beethoven’s father, Johann, made Beethoven learn to play the piano when he was extremely young. It was a harsh regime with Beethoven having to practise for many hours into the night.
However, it became clear that Beethoven was a gifted musician. At the age of seven, Beethoven gave his first public concert.
Beethoven’s talent was clear for all to see. He began receiving music tuition from Joseph Haydn, a famous composer.
When Beethoven was 12 years old, he published his first piece of music, ‘9 Variations in C Minor for Piano’.
Beethoven is considered one of the most influential composers in history. Even if you think you don’t know anything about Classical music, you’ll recognise some of his most famous pieces.
We watched a video clip with one of his most famous compositions. You can find it here...