Beethoven was a German composer whose discipline is still the cornerstone of classical Western music to this day. He was the bridge between the Classical and Romantic periods, reshaping sonatas, concertos, symphonies into more expanded versions. Probably the first musician to receive a salary for writing music when he felt like it, Beethoven has created an extensive collection of works that are stunning in their beauty and complexity.
As a personal struggle, Ludwig van Beethoven fought deafness and, to everyone’s surprise, continued to compose well after he became completely deaf. Building on Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven worked the idealist principles of Kant and what sparked the French Revolution into his music.
Here are some of his most famous works everyone should know when they hear.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op 92
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125