All About Ludwig van Beethoven

Information on Beethoven, his life, his music and classical sheet music

Best 5 Beethoven Books on Amazon

1.Beethoven: The Universal Composer by Edmund Morris

2.Beethoven by Maynard Solomon

3.Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood

4.Late Beethoven: Music, Thought, Imagination by Maynard Solomon

5.Beethoven as I Knew Him by Anton Felix Schindler

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Beethoven's life and Major Events in Chronological Order

1804 - Composes The Waldstein Sonata Op.53 and the Appasionata Op.57

1805, April 7th – The first audition of Eroica. Composes the 4th Piano Concerto Op.58

1805, November 20th – composes The First and Second Leonora Overtures.

1806 - Composes the 3rd Leonora Overture, the 4th Symphony Op.60, the Violin Concerto and the Razumovski quartet.

1807 - The first audition of the 4th symphony and of the Piano Concerto No.4. Composes the 5th Symphony Op.67

1808 - Composes the Choral Piano and Orchestra Fantasia Op.80.

1809, May 11th - The Vienna Siege. He finishes the 5th Piano Concerto Op.73, the Op.74 Quartet and the Piano Sonatas Op.78, 79 and 81.

1810 May - Meets Bettina Brentano. Composes the music for Goethe’s Egmont, the Op. 95 quartet. The first audition of the Piano Concerto Op. 73 in Leipzig

1812, February 12th - The first audition of the 5th Piano Concerto. Meets Goethe. Finishes the 7th and 8th Symphonies in September.

1813, December 8th – The first audition of the 7th Symphony.

1814, November 29th – Composes the Triple Concerto Op. 56 and the Piano Sonata Op. 90.

1815 - Composes the Scottish Songs Op. 108.

1816 - Composes the piano sonata Op. 101

1817 - The first lines of the 9th Symphony.

1818 - Composes the HammerKlavier Sonata

1820 - Composes the Op.109 Sonata.

1822 - Composes the Piano Sonatas Op.110 and 111. Finishes the Missa Solemnis and composes the Die Weihe des Hauses Overture, Op. 124.

1823 - Finishes the 9th Symphony.Composes the Op. 120 variations and the Diabelli variations.

1823, February 8th – Letter to Goethe.

1823, March 19th - First audition of Missa Solemnis

1825 - Composes the Op. 127 130 and 132 quartets.1826-Composes the Op. 131 and 135 quartets. In December falls ill with pneumonia.

1827, January 3rd – Makes his Will

1827, March 26th, 17:45 - Ludwig van Beethoven dies.

Best 5 Beethoven Books

  1. Beethoven: The Universal Composer by Edmund Morris; Eminent Lives (October 4, 2005).
  2. Beethoven by Maynard Solomon; 2nd Rev edition (September 1, 2001).
  3. Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood; W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (January 30, 2005).
  4. Late Beethoven: Music, Thought, Imagination by Maynard Solomon; 1 edition (October 4, 2004).
  5. Beethoven as I Knew Him by Anton Felix Schindler; Dover Publications; n.e.of "Beethoven as I Knew Him: A Biography"edition (September 3, 1996).