Ludwig van Beethoven is considered by many to be the greatest composer of all time. He was also a virtuoso pianist in Vienna. His Piano Sonata No. 14, dubbed the “Moonlight Sonata” by a music critic, was composed in 1801 long before he began to lose his hearing. It remains one of his most popular works. Beethoven believed that music has a higher, spiritual purpose. He wrote that art could “raise man to the Divine,” serving not just as entertainment, but as a way to help people gain insights into themselves.
- The iconic musician and composer Ludwig van Beethoven was a mere 56 years of age when he died.
- A German composer, Beethoven began his public life while still a boy of 7.
- After that first 7yr. old performance, he went on to be the family breadwinner, giving lessons performing in an orchestra.
“Beethoven was said to be inspired to have penned it out of his infatuation with one of his pupils, 17-year-old Countess Giulietta Guicciardi.”