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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːtʰoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist; his music is amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire, and he is one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. His works span the transition from the classical period to the romantic era in classical music. His career has conventionally been divided into early, middle, and late periods. The "early" period in which he forged his craft is typically seen to last until 1802. His "middle" period, sometimes characterised as "heroic", showing an individual development from the "classical" styles of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, covers the years 1802 to 1812, during which he increasingly suffered from deafness. In the "late" period from 1812 to his death in 1827, he extended his innovations in musical form and expression.

Beethoven was born in Bonn. His musical talent was obvious at an early age, and he was initially harshly and intensively taught by his father Johann van Beethoven. He was later taught by the composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe, under whose tuition he published his first work, a set of keyboard variations, in 1783. He found relief from a dysfunctional home life with the family of Helene von Breuning, whose children he loved, befriended and taught piano. At age 21, he moved to Vienna, which subsequently became his base, and studied composition with Haydn. Beethoven then gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist, and he was soon courted by Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky for compositions, which resulted in his three Opus 1 piano trios (the earliest works to which he accorded an opus number) in 1795.

His first major orchestral work, the First Symphony, appeared in 1800, and his first set of string quartets was published in 1801. During this period, his hearing began to deteriorate, but he continued to conduct, premiering his Third and Fifth Symphonies in 1804 and 1808, respectively. His Violin Concerto appeared in 1806. His last piano concerto (No. 5, Op. 73, known as the 'Emperor'), dedicated to his frequent patron Archduke Rudolf of Austria, was premiered in 1810, but not with Beethoven as soloist. He was almost completely deaf by 1814, and he then gave up performing and appearing in public. He described his problems with health and his unfulfilled personal life in two letters, his "Heiligenstadt Testament" (1802) to his brothers and his unsent love letter to an unknown "Immortal Beloved" (1812).

In the years from 1810, increasingly less socially involved, Beethoven composed many of his most admired works including his later symphonies and his mature chamber music and piano sonatas. His only opera, Fidelio, which had been first performed in 1805, was revised to its final version in 1814. He composed his Missa Solemnis in the years 1819–1823, and his final, Ninth, Symphony, one of the first examples of a choral symphony, in 1822–1824. Written in his last years, his late string quartets of 1825–26 are amongst his final achievements. After some months of bedridden illness he died in 1827. Beethoven's works remain mainstays of the classical music repertoire.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 16th, 1770 (Bonn), Died Vienna

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 641 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix D-]2010 14-in. 1903 Egmont overture Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-1868 10-in. 11/1/1904 Die Ehres Gottes aus der Natur Dr. Jul Hoffman Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-3419 12-in. 5/28/1906 Egmont overture Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-4252 12-in. 2/13/1907 Egmont overture Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-6019 12-in. 3/6/1908 In questa tomba oscura Emma Calvé Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-6375 12-in. 8/31/1908 Adelaide Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-7002 10-in. 4/16/1909 German melodies : The tear ; Worship of God Victor Brass Quartet Brass quartet composer  
Victor B-8802 10-in. 4/6/1910 Minuet in G, no. 2 Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-8870 12-in. 4/20/1910 Leonore overture, no. 3 Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-9837 10-in. 1/23/1911 Ha! Welch ein Augenblick Otto Goritz Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10205 12-in. 4/7/1911 Moonlight sonata : First movement Vessella's Italian Band Band composer  
Victor B-10979 10-in. 9/18/1911 In questa tomba oscura Herbert Witherspoon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-11056 12-in. 10/4/1911 Die ehre Gottes aus der Natur Albert G. Janpolski Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-11633 10-in. 2/28/1912 Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur Arthur Van Eweyk Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-11641 10-in. 2/28/1912 Unglückliche Liebe Arthur Van Eweyk Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-11788 12-in. 3/25/1912 Arie der Lenore Margarete Matzenauer Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-11789 10-in. 3/25/1912 Arie der Lenore Margarete Matzenauer Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12451 12-in. 10/2/1912 Adagio from 5th concerto, op. 73 Frank La Forge Piano solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12561 10-in. 11/4/1912 Ich liebe dich Frances Alda ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12600 12-in. 11/8/1912 Adagio from Fourth symphony Vessella's Italian Band Band composer  
Victor C-12610 12-in. 11/13/1912 Leonore overture, no. 3 Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-12611 12-in. 11/13/1912 Leonore overture, no. 3 Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-12612 12-in. 11/13/1912 Leonore overture, no. 3 Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-12726 12-in. 12/17/1912 Andante from Beethoven's 5th symphony Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-13194 10-in. 4/24/1913 Sonatine (for mandolin) William Place, Jr. Mandolin solo, with piano composer  
(Results 1-25 of 641 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beethoven, Ludwig van," accessed October 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102527.

Beethoven, Ludwig van. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102527.

"Beethoven, Ludwig van." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 October 2020.

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