Ludwig van Beethoven was one of those tormented souls who struggled between creation and suffering. Although he is considered the greatest musical genius of all time, he did not have a happy life and failed to fully enjoy his successes. From an early age he fought with the world.
Beethoven composed a gigantic work. Over 32 piano sonatas, 17 quators, 8 trios, 5 piano concerts and much more. But what has aroused the admiration of entire generations were his symphonies, especially the Fifth, which made him very famous.
Despite the glory he had in his life, Beethoven did not have a really comfortable economic situation. He also did not have a rewarding family or love life. Maybe that’s why his work has this particular depth, and this dark and splendid tone at the same time. His music, like him, is surprisingly complex.
An unhappy childhood
Ludwig van Beethoven comes from a family of musicians. His father and grandfather were musicians by profession. His paternal grandparents, Ludwing and María Joespha Poll, exerted a strong influence on him. In fact, his grandfather was virtually the only person he had established a healthy emotional bond with during his childhood, while his grandmother was an alcoholic.
Beethoven had four siblings. He was the second. His mother, Marie-Madeleine Kewerich was ill and weak in character. Her father, Johann, was an alcoholic who was devoted to drinking and did little for his family. Grandfather Ludwig, meanwhile, identified with the boy’s talent and gave him his first piano lessons.
Ludwig van Beethoven did not know what the warmth of a fireplace was. At the age of 5, the genius began to show his qualities as a musician. According to the story, his father wanted to take the opportunity to alleviate his poverty situation, but he did not succeed. It is said that at the age of 12, Beethoven was already a brooding child who said he hated the world.
Beethoven and his impressive creations
Despite everything, Beethoven managed to forge great friendships. In fact, he always loved friendship. The first of these great bonds was born with a young man named Wegeler, who brought him to live with the Breuning family. There he took piano lessons, got to know what a stable family was like, and experienced his first love. He fell in love with Leonore, his partner in musical studies. But she rejected him. This increased his unease with the world.
He went to Vienna in 1787 and completed his training. It was also there that he started to become a real music celebrity. He stayed there permanently from 1792. It was then that he experienced his most fruitful moments as a composer. He also experienced great romantic disappointments. In 1794 he wanted to marry singer Magdalena Will, but she called him “ugly and crazy” and rejected him. Later he met Julieta Guicciadi, who played with him for some time. For her, he composed the famous moonlight sonata .
Between 1806 and 1810, he lived a tender and passionate relationship with Teresa of Brunswick. At the same time he composed the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, as well as the Apassionata . The relationship ended and a host of disappointments followed. To this was added the fact that two of his brothers came to live with him. More exactly, at his expense. This only kept his finances in the red.
A sad end
From the age of 30, Beethoven began to perceive the first symptoms of his deafness. For some reason, it made him more ashamed than it worried him. He did not depend on his ear to compose, as his talent was far beyond normal. So he never forgave Goethe for making a public comment about his deafness.
For Ludwig van Beethoven deafness was not a problem in his work. He continued to compose as if nothing had happened. However, over time, his social relations deteriorated further. His brothers were wasting all the money he made. His sisters-in-law hated him. He was given the task of tutoring one of his nephews, which was a huge burden for him, as the boy was more than rebellious.
His health began to deteriorate. Stifled by the economic situation, he decided to ask his friends and acquaintances for help. The Royal Philharmonic Society of London gave him £ 100 in anticipation of a concert for his benefit. He cried when he received this help and promised to do the Tenth Symphony in thanks for this gesture. However, death surprised him in 1824, before he could keep his promise.