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Portrait of Composer Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist, one of the crucial musicians during the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music. He remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Beethoven was born around 1770 in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1782, before the age of 12, Beethoven published his first work: 9 variations, in C Minor, for Piano, on a march by Ernst Christoph Dressler (WoO 63). The following year in 1783, Beethoven's teacher and renowned musician Gottlob Neefe wrote in the "Magazine of Music," about his student: "If he continues like this he will be, without doubt, the new Mozart."

In June 1784, on Neefe's recommendations, Ludwig was appointed organist of the court of Maximilian Franz, Elector of Cologne. He was 14. This post enabled him to frequent new circles, other than those of his father and friends of his family. Here he met people who were to remain friends for the rest of his life: The Ries family, the von Breuning family and the charming Eleonore, Karl Amenda, the violinist, Franz Gerhard Wegeler, a doctor, and a dear friend who also went to Vienna, etc.

Beethoven moved to Vienna in his early 20s, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf. His musical legacy stands as one the most prolific in musical history.

Exclusive Beethoven Scores for Strings From Ovation Press


Composer Title Instrument Editor Instrumentation Price
Beethoven, Ludwig van Coriolan Overture Violin Roberts, Richard Orchestral $ 3.29
Beethoven, Ludwig van Egmont Overture Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 2.29
Beethoven, Ludwig van Kreutzer Sonata arr. for Violoncello Violoncello Solow, Jeffrey Chamber $ 8.99
Beethoven, Ludwig van Prometheus (Excerpt from Act II) Violoncello Miller, Frank Orchestral $ 2.49
Beethoven, Ludwig van Sonata Op. 6 (for Cello Trio) Violoncello Dešpalj, Valter Violoncello Ensemble $ 9.99
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 1 Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 4.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 2 Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 6.29
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 3 Viola Ansell, Steven Orchestral $ 7.49
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 3 Viola Schotten, Yizhak Orchestral $ 7.49
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 3 Violoncello Hoebig, Desmond Orchestral $ 7.49
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 5 Viola Ansell, Steven Orchestral $ 4.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 5 Viola Schotten, Yizhak Orchestral $ 4.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 5 Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 4.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 5 Violoncello Geber, Stephen Orchestral $ 4.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 5 Violoncello Hoebig, Desmond Orchestral $ 4.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 6 Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 6.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 7 Bass Ellison, Paul Orchestral $ 6.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 7 Viola Ansell, Steven Orchestral $ 6.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 7 Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 6.79
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 7 (for Cello Octet) - Allegretto Violoncello Watkins, Stephen Violoncello Ensemble $ 8.99
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 8 Violin Kaler, Ilya Orchestral $ 4.99
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 9 Violin Fleezanis, Jorja Orchestral $ 7.99
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 9 Violoncello Geber, Stephen Orchestral $ 7.99
Beethoven, Ludwig van Violin Sonata Op. 30 No. 2 arr. for Violoncello Violoncello Jensen, Hans Jørgen Chamber $ 7.99