Ludwig van Beethoven






    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1828) is undoubtedly one of the most famous composers in the history of music, and not without good reason. His influence stretched not only to contemporary and future composers, but also to what music meant to society as a whole. Beethoven broke the boundaries of what music could convey by using it more artfully than his predecessors to express the philosophy of life.

    However, such greatness was hard won and not without its hardships. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany to an alcoholic father who was on a quest to make Beethoven the next child prodigy, following Mozart’s example. Such pressure did not work, as Beethoven only bloomed in his adolescence by which time he had dropped out of school and become the breadwinner of the family as his father spiralled deeper into alcoholism.

    Although Beethoven eventually gained fame and recognition for his compositions, it sadly happened to be at a time when his hearing was on decline. His eventual deafness made it difficult for him to perform concertos, which was a staple of his income, but extraordinarily he managed to produce some of his finest works even with loss of hearing.

    Though not officially from the Romantic era, Beethoven heralded the musical expressionism and individualism that was yet to come. By using music to tell his own personal journey, he manages to bring the listener along and invite them to experience the profundity of life together with him, forever changing the concept of just how much power music could hold. 

    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim is the music director and principal conductor of the klpac String Orchestra. A seasoned orchestral violinist, she has led and played solo with numerous orchestras and plays regularly with various chamber groups. Andrea graduated with first class honours on a full scholarship from UCSI University’s Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) degree.
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