Reading Assignment: Ludwig van Beethoven

Students are to write a one-page summary on the subject. Students are not expected to read through every single source listed, but it is necessary to read at least two of the sources to gain a clear understanding of the topic. At the end of the summary, please write down which sources you read (and please include any sources that may not be listed below as well).  Young students may enlist the help of parents when reading, so long as the work is completed by the student. The reading assignment summary will be due on Thursday, December 15.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world’s most famous composers.  He composed music for nearly every instrument, including nine symphonies and thirty-two piano sonatas.  For this assignment, please allow at least one paragraph to summarize his life.  Choose one or two genres of music (it can be any genre, whether it is piano sonatas, concertos, symphonies, etc.), and describe the music (suggestions:  characteristics of the pieces, famous people associated with a certain piece, interesting facts concerning a piece).

 

 

Suggested Links:

 

Biography.com:

http://www.biography.com/people/ludwig-van-beethoven-9204862#synopsis

Lots of basic facts, contains ads

 

Classic FM:

http://www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/

Contains ads, but also a picture gallery

 

IMSLP:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Beethoven,_Ludwig_van

Large online database of musical scores for the composer’s works, plus a myriad of sources

 

DSO site for kids:

http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-composer/ludwig-van-beethoven.aspx

 

Classics for kids:

http://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/bio.asp?id=7

 

All about Beethoven site:

http://www.all-about-beethoven.com/symphony.html

Gives links within the site that give a brief description of each of the symphonies

 

All about Beethoven piano resources:

http://www.all-about-beethoven.com/pianosonatas.html

Links to descriptions of each of the piano sonatas

 

Wikipedia article on Fur Elise:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%BCr_Elise

An article about one of the world’s most famous piano works

 

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