Beethoven ( Biography) 1911 PDF eBook by H. A. Rudall

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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music; his works rank amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire. His works span the transition from the classical period to the romantic era in classical music.

An excerpt from the author's introduction:

It would have been impossible to enumerate systematically year by year the works of so prolific a composer as Beethoven without turning this little biography into something like an extended catalog. Instead, therefore, of crowding the pages with titles, dedications, and opus numbers, it has been thought well in most cases to mention such compositions only as were connected with external events of more or less importance in the composer's career and to refer the reader to the end of the book for a complete list of Beethoven's printed works.>

The ample materials for such a compilation, which exist in Nottebohm's catalog and elsewhere, have been already turned to the best possible account in the Appendix to the Dictionary of Music and Musicians; and the writer offers his cordial thanks to Sir George Grove for kindly permitting this to be used as a basis for the Catalogue here given.

Attempts to trace the ancestry of Ludvig van Beethoven have been successful so far back as the middle of the seventeenth century, when a family bearing that name, and related to the composer, lived in a small village near Lou vain, in Belgium ;

Author: H. A. 
Publication Date: 1911

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