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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music; his works rank among the most performed of the classical music repertoire and 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. His early period, during which he forged his craft, is typically considered to have lasted until 1802. From 1802 to around 1812, his middle period showed an individual development from the styles of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is sometimes characterized as heroic. During this time, he began to grow increasingly deaf. In his late period, from 1812 to 1827, he extended his innovations in musical form and expression.

Beethoven was born in Bonn. His musical talent was obvious at an early age. He was initially harshly and intensively taught by his father, Johann van Beethoven. Beethoven was later taught by the composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe, under whose tutelage 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 was soon patronized 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, premiered in 1800, and his first set of string quartets was published in 1801. Despite his hearing deteriorating during this period, 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, premiered in 1811, without 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).

After 1810, increasingly less socially involved, Beethoven composed many of his most admired works, including later symphonies, mature chamber music and the late piano sonatas. His only opera, Fidelio, first performed in 1805, was revised to its final version in 1814. He composed Missa solemnis between 1819 and 1823 and his final Symphony, No. 9, one of the first examples of a choral symphony, between 1822 and 1824. Written in his last years, his late string quartets, including the Grosse Fuge, of 1825–1826 are among his final achievements. After some months of bedridden illness, he died in 1827.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 16, 1770 (Bonn), Died March 26, 1827 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 176-200 of 1002 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-39387 10-in. 12/14/1925 Turkish march Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano solo composer  
Victor CVE-40417 12-in. 10/20/1927 Sinfonía no. 7 en la mayor José Juan Tablada Monologue, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-41759 12-in. 2/28/1928 Sonata in G major Fritz Kreisler ; Sergei Rachmaninoff Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CVE-41760 12-in. 2/28/1928 Sonata in G major Fritz Kreisler ; Sergei Rachmaninoff Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CVE-41761 12-in. 2/28/1928 Sonata in G major Fritz Kreisler ; Sergei Rachmaninoff Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CVE-41762 12-in. 2/28/1928 Sonata in G major Fritz Kreisler ; Sergei Rachmaninoff Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor PCVE-42008 12-in. 2/20/1928 Leonore overture, no. 3 : Adagio Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PCVE-42009 12-in. 2/20/1928 Leonore overture, no. 3 : Allegro Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PCVE-42010 12-in. 2/20/1928 Leonore overture, no. 3 : Allegro Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PCVE-42011 12-in. 2/21/1928 Leonore overture, no. 3 Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-42998 10-in. 9/27/1928 Minuet in G Serge Koussevitzky Bass solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-47094 10-in. 9/24/1928 The evening hour First Methodist Church Choir of Memphis, Tennessee ; Walter Jenkins Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor CVE-47938 12-in. 12/18/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47939 12-in. 12/18/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47940 12-in. 12/18/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47941 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47942 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47943 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47944 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47945 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47946 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-47998 10-in. 5/24/1929 Creation hymn Associated Glee Clubs of America Male vocal chorus, with 4 pianos composer  
Victor BVE-49499 10-in. 8/9/1929 Gavotte in F major Myrtle C. Eaver ; Hazel Gertrude Kinscella Piano duet composer  
Victor CVE-49883 12-in. 12/19/1928 Symphony no. 6, in F major (Pastoral) Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-51041 12-in. 3/18/1929 Quartet no. 12, in E flat major Flonzaley Quartet String quartet composer  
(Results 176-200 of 1002 records)

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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beethoven, Ludwig van," accessed April 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102527.

Beethoven, Ludwig van. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102527.

"Beethoven, Ludwig van." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 April 2024.

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