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Beethoven, Ludwig van Line breaks: Lud¦wig van Beet|hoven
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪtˌ(h)əʊv(ə)n/

Definition of Beethoven, Ludwig van in English:

(1770–1827), German composer.

Despite increasing deafness Beethoven was responsible for a prodigious output: nine symphonies, thirty-two piano sonatas, sixteen string quartets, the opera Fidelio (1814), and the Mass in D (the Missa Solemnis, 1823). In his Ninth Symphony (1824) he broke with precedent in the finale by introducing voices to sing Schiller’s Ode to Joy. He is often seen as bridging the classical and romantic movements


Pronunciation: /ˌbeɪt(h)əʊˈviːniən/
Example sentences
  • His first piano sonata, string quartet and chamber ensemble pieces are Beethovenian in form and content.
  • The long, slow introductions to each of the Op 5 Sonatas establish the Beethovenian flavour of the writing, and with subtle tonal shading the dedication of those slow sections contrasts sharply with the exuberance of the Allegros.
  • If individual achievements stand out here, rather than the group effort, that is at least partly owing to a younger group of authors not burdened by traditional Beethovenian wisdom.
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