Ludwig van Beethoven was one of those tormented souls that was torn between creation and suffering. Although he is considered the greatest musical genius of all time, he did not have a happy life, nor did he fully enjoy his successes. Even from a young age he was quarreled with the world.
Beethoven composed a gigantic work. More than 32 sonatas for piano, 17 quartets, 8 trios, 5 piano concertos and many more. However, what has aroused the admiration of entire generations are his symphonies, especially La Quinta, which made him very famous.
“Music must make blood flow from the heart of man, and tears from the eyes of the woman.”
-Ludwig van Beethoven-
Despite the glory he had in life, Beethoven did not have a truly comfortable economic situation. Neither did he have a rewarding family or loving life. Perhaps, for that reason, his work has that particular depth, and that somber and splendid tone at the same time. His music, like himself, is of surprising complexity.
An unhappy childhood
Ludwig van Beethoven came from a family of musicians. Both his father and his grandfather were musicians by profession. His paternal grandparents, Ludwig and Maria Josepha Poll, exerted a strong influence on him. In fact, her grandfather was practically the only person with whom she established a healthy affective bond during her childhood, while her grandmother was an alcohol aficionado.
Beethoven had four brothers. He was the second to be conceived. His mother, Maria Magdalena Kewerich, was sickly and weak in character. His father, Johann, was an alcoholic who was devoted to drinking and did little for his family. Grandfather Ludwig, on the other hand, identified with the boy’s talent and gave him the first lessons in playing the piano.
Ludwig van Beethoven did not know what the warmth of a home was. When the genius was 5 years old he began to show his skills as a musician. As they say, his father wanted to take advantage of this to alleviate his poverty situation, but he did not succeed at all. They say that at just 12 years old, Beethoven was already a surly child who claimed to hate the world.
Beethoven and his impressive creations
In spite of everything, Beethoven managed to build great friendships. In fact, he always paid special attention to friendship. The first of those great ties was born with a young man named Wegeler, who took him to live in the house of the Breuning family. There he took piano lessons, he knew what a stable family was and lived his first love. He fell in love with Leonore, his partner in music studies. She, however, rejected it. This increased his annoyance with the world.
He traveled to Vienna in 1787 and completed his training. It was also where he started to become a music celebrity. He stayed there permanently since 1792. He then had his most fruitful stage as a composer. He also experienced great disappointments in love. In 1794 he wanted to marry the singer Magdalena Will, but she called him “ugly and crazy” and rejected him. Later he met Julieta Guicciadi, who played for a while with him. For her she composed the famous sonata Claro de luna.
Between 1806 and 1810 he lived a tender and passionate relationship with Teresa de Brunswick. In the same stage, he composed the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, as well as the Apassionata. The relationship ended and then came a cluster of disappointments. Added to this was the fact that two of his brothers went to live with him. Actually, at his expense. This kept his finances red.
A sad ending
From the age of 30, Beethoven began to perceive the first symptoms of his deafness. For some reason, this embarrassed him, more than worrying him. He did not depend on the ear to compose, since his talent went far beyond normal. That’s why he never forgave Goethe for making a public comment about his deafness.
Deafness was not a problem for Ludwig van Beethoven in terms of his work. He kept composing as if nothing. Of course, over time, their social relationships eroded further. His brothers squandered almost all the money he got. His sisters-in-law hated him. He was commissioned to be the tutor of one of his nephews and this was a huge burden for him, because the boy was more than rebellious.