By Judith p. Pinkerton, Barbara Kiwak
An creation to the lifestyles and occupation of the Austrian composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
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Beethoven didn’t even notice. He still enjoyed bathing and splashing in water, especially pouring water over himself. Sometimes water leaked to the floor below. He slept and ate at odd times and complained about stomach pains. When doctors prescribed medicine, he gulped it all at once or forgot where it was. He tried a 55 new cure for deafness—putting drops of milk filled with crushed nuts in his ears. It didn’t help at all. Little by little, Ludwig’s relationship with his nephew had grown strained.
I cannot give you a lesson today,” Beethoven said. ” Then he continued, trying out new combinations of notes. 42 6 The Art of Music Beethoven’s Third Symphony was first performed on April 7, 1805. ” Others thought it was too heavy and long. That fall, Napoleon’s French troops occupied Vienna. Exploding shells boomed. On the streets, people fought for food. At the theater, musicians and singers rehearsed Beethoven’s opera, now called Fidelio. After a fiveweek delay, the opera opened. Most of Beethoven’s friends and fans had fled Vienna, so the audience was mostly French officers.
His fans willingly paid extra to see him play and to listen to his powerful music. 37 During this time, he began an opera. First titled Leonore, then Fidelio, the opera was about freedom and married love. The heroine dressed as a man in order to rescue her innocent husband from jail. This make-believe character was Beethoven’s ideal woman—devoted and loving. In February 1804, the Theater an der Wien was sold to a new owner. Beethoven lost his job, as well as his place to live. ” Soon he moved again to share an apartment with his old friend Stephan von Breuning.
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