A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

There are many things, people, and organizations that can bring out inspiration.  Sometimes an inspirational person can bring more attention to a cause or vice versa.  Sometimes a story can be inspirational.  A person that achieves success despite a disability, can inspire people to achieve.


Ludwig van Beethoven was a composer and pianist.  He is considered one of the most famous and influential artists and composers.  He began going deaf in his twenties and was nearly deaf during the last decade of his life.  He was a prominent musician between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music.


The date of his birth is thought to have been December 16, 1770 because there is evidence that he was baptized December 17, 1770 and this aligns with the custom of the time.  He was born in Bonn, Electorate of Cologne, Germany.  He had six siblings, although only he and two younger brothers survived infancy.  His father was his first music teacher.  Beethoven’s first public performance was in 1778.


Beethoven’s career went through three distinct periods.  These can be divided into early, middle, and late periods.  Much of his work is well-known and celebrated, including 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, a violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his Mass Missa solemnis, and an opera, Fidelio.


Beethoven went through periods of illness during his life and was mostly bedridden during the last months of his life.  He died March 26, 1827.  Just as the cause of his hearing loss has been debated, the cause of his death has been debated as well.


Beethoven is remembered as a giant of classical music.  Even after he quit performing due to his hearing loss, he still composed.  His hearing became an issue during his middle period, however his late work is still seen as remarkable and increasingly intellectual with intense and personal expression.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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