Ludwig van Beethoven is possibly the most famous of all composers, even people who have no interest in classical music know his name and many would say that he is the greatest of all.
Although the name of Beethoven has been known worldwide for more than 200 years, new generations often comment that they have no interest in listening to their works, much less playing them, it is thought that their music is boring simply by the fact of having been an artist of the classical period, and there is nothing more false than that belief.
About Beethoven, he was the first composer who dared to compose according to what he felt at the moment he felt it, without worrying about the patterns and rules that ruled the other composers of his time.
Most people know that he was deaf. This in itself is a remarkable feat, as he was unable to hear the music he wrote and yet he was flawless in his harmonic work.
Before Beethoven, composers depended entirely on a patron, generally a wealthy nobleman and music buff, who welcomed them as one of his servants. Haydn’s contract with Prince Esterházy specified how many works he had to compose, what clothes to use, how to address his patrons to his guests, and even how to eat. Beethoven, although he also enjoyed the favor of the powerful, knew that his art was above all and that he had no bow to anyone. ‘Princes are many. Beethoven, there is only one, ‘he said himself.
Are you afraid of classical music? You say you have no ear? Would you like to, but do not know where to start?
Classical music is indeed for everything. It is necessary to overcome the false belief that has passed from generation to generation that is exclusive for people of high social classes or with a certain socioeconomic level, when music is really universal and is suitable for anyone who wants to enjoy this beautiful art.
So, if you are convinced to give Beethoven a chance, we recommend you start with the sonatas, one at a time, if you try to listen to them all, one after another, you will end up feeling stiff, try to choose one, say No.5 Op. 10 No.1, or No.9 Op.14 No.1.
We recommend reading the sheet music: public domain sheet music for sonata no. 5, or download sheet music for beethoven piano sonata no. 9, getting involved with his story, As you listen, try to imagine the context under which it was composed, what Beethoven was living in those days, what he would probably have been feeling, listen to her trying to break it down and trying to get carried away by musicality.
If you know how to play the piano, you can start exploring the pianistic literature of the genius Beethoven, here you can find the scores, start one at a time, you will find it easy to read them, the challenge is to be able to interpret them, You can easily dedicate a couple of months in which you can notice your interpretive progress, try it, it will be very satisfactory for you.