History YMMV / LudwigVanBeethoven

13th Nov '17 6:51:08 PM Jeduthun
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** The composer and impresario Anton Diabelli wrote a short waltz and asked a lot of famous composers to do a variation on it which he could then publish as a joint project in aid of orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars. When Beethoven finally sat down with Diabelli's tune he ran amok with it. It took him four years, but the result was the famous ''Diabelli Variations'', the greatest set of keyboard variations since Music/JohannSebastianBach's ''Goldberg Variations'' of 60 years earlier. Diabelli considered them so Badass that he released Beethoven's contribution as an independent volume, putting all fellow composers to shame. [[CurbStompBattle Which included big names like Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt.]]

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** The composer and impresario Anton Diabelli wrote a short waltz and asked a lot of famous composers to do a variation on it which he could then publish as a joint project in aid of orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars. When Beethoven finally sat down with Diabelli's tune he ran amok with it. It took him four years, but the result was the famous ''Diabelli Variations'', the greatest set of keyboard variations since Music/JohannSebastianBach's ''Goldberg Variations'' of 60 years earlier. Diabelli considered them so Badass that he released Beethoven's contribution as an independent volume, putting all fellow composers to shame. [[CurbStompBattle Which included big names like Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt.]]]] [[note]]To be fair, Liszt's contribution was [[ChildProdigy written when he was eleven years old]].[[/note]]
13th Nov '17 6:43:46 PM Jeduthun
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* GatewaySeries: Both through being one of the most recognizable composers in pop culture, and having written such widely played pieces as Für Elise, the Moonlight Sonata, Ode to Joy, and the Fifth Symphony, Beethoven is many people's first introduction to ClassicalMusic as a whole.
1st May '17 2:54:05 PM GothicProphet
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* VindicatedByHistory: The premiere of the Fifth Symphony (and the Sixth) was in a concert that lasted four hours on a cold, December night and the audience was tired. Needless to say, it was not very well accepted in its first performance. It took a review by Creator/ETAHoffmann to bring its genius to light. However, ItMakesSenseInContext - the premiere was during the Napoleonic Wars, and as a result the orchestra was only able to rehearse the piece once before the performance, and mangled it so badly that Beethoven was forced to stop and restart at one point.

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* VindicatedByHistory: The premiere of the Fifth Symphony (and the Sixth) was in a concert that lasted four hours on a cold, December night and the audience was tired. Needless to say, it was not very well accepted in its first performance. It took a review by Creator/ETAHoffmann to bring its genius to light. However, ItMakesSenseInContext - the premiere was during the Napoleonic Wars, and as a result the orchestra was only able to rehearse the piece once before the performance, and mangled it so badly that Beethoven was forced to stop and restart at one point.point.
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1st Mar '17 11:13:51 AM Jeduthun
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* {{Narm}}: "Wellington's Victory" commemorates the Battle of Vitoria by playing the opposing countries' national anthems ("Rule Britannia" and "God Save the King" for the British, and "Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre" for the French) and a battery of artillery percussion effects. It's exactly as corny as it sounds, but [[NarmCharm it was a big hit in its day]] which [[MoneyDearBoy helped pay the bills]]. Beethoven apparently had no illusions about its musical quality, but defended himself from critics by remarking, "What I [[PrecisionFStrike shit]] is [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter better than anything you could ever think up]]!"
16th Feb '17 11:14:30 PM mlsmithca
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* AwesomeEgo: When he was still able to perform, Beethoven would pointedly stop playing if he heard any of the audience members whispering. He broke a chair over the head of one of his patrons. And yet he wasn't locked up; his behaviour was taken to be evidence of his genius, and indeed his disdain for authority and social rank was so pronounced that an Archduke decreed that etiquette laws did not apply to Beethoven. He wasn't the first composer to have an Awesome Ego, just the most famous.[[note]]The first recorded case of Awesome Ego in a composer was the 15th century French composer Josquin des Prez, one of whose prospective employers was warned "he composes when he wants to, not when he is wanted" but who became so famous that dozens of works have been attributed to him that he probably didn't write; musicologists are still sorting out the mess.[[/note]]

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When he was still able to perform, Beethoven would pointedly stop playing if he heard any of the audience members whispering. He broke a chair over the head of one of his patrons. And yet he wasn't locked up; his behaviour was taken to be evidence of his genius, and indeed his disdain for authority and social rank was so pronounced that an Archduke decreed that etiquette laws did not apply to Beethoven. He wasn't the first composer to have an Awesome Ego, just the most famous.[[note]]The first recorded case of Awesome Ego in a composer was the 15th century French composer Josquin des Prez, one of whose prospective employers was warned "he composes when he wants to, not when he is wanted" but who became so famous that dozens of works have been attributed to him that he probably didn't write; musicologists are still sorting out the mess.[[/note]]



* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: At the end of the first performance of the ninth symphony, which Beethoven directed himself despite being completely deaf, the audience gave him five standing ovations - and they did it by waving hats and handkerchiefs in the air so he could see the applause he couldn't hear.
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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: At the end of the first performance of the ninth symphony, which Beethoven directed himself despite being completely deaf, the audience gave him five standing ovations - and they did it by waving hats and handkerchiefs in the air so he could see the applause he couldn't hear.



* VindicatedByHistory: The premiere of the Fifth Symphony was in a concert that lasted four hours on a cold, December night and the audience was tired. Needless to say, it was not very well accepted in its first performance. It took a review by Creator/ETAHoffmann to bring its genius to light. However, ItMakesSenseInContext - the premiere was during the Napoleonic Wars, and as a result the orchestra was only able to rehearse the piece once before the performance, and mangled it so badly that Beethoven was forced to stop and restart at one point.

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* VindicatedByHistory: The premiere of the Fifth Symphony (and the Sixth) was in a concert that lasted four hours on a cold, December night and the audience was tired. Needless to say, it was not very well accepted in its first performance. It took a review by Creator/ETAHoffmann to bring its genius to light. However, ItMakesSenseInContext - the premiere was during the Napoleonic Wars, and as a result the orchestra was only able to rehearse the piece once before the performance, and mangled it so badly that Beethoven was forced to stop and restart at one point.
8th Dec '16 1:42:51 AM 06tele
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* EndingFatigue: Even some professional musicians feel that Beethoven had a hard time bringing Symphony No. 5 to an end.
1st Aug '16 2:14:38 AM 06tele
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** When he was asked to send in a composition for the joint project of many popular composers of his time, curated by Anton Diabelli, he initially refused as he didn't want to be a "cobbler's patch". Beethoven however took the proposed motif and ran amok with it, resulting into the famous Diabelli variations. Diabelli considered them so Badass that he released his contribution as an independent volume, putting all fellow composers to shame. [[CurbStompBattle Which included big names like Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt.]]

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** When he was The composer and impresario Anton Diabelli wrote a short waltz and asked a lot of famous composers to send in do a composition for the variation on it which he could then publish as a joint project in aid of many popular composers orphans and widows of his time, curated by Anton Diabelli, he initially refused as he didn't want to be a "cobbler's patch". the Napoleonic Wars. When Beethoven however took the proposed motif and finally sat down with Diabelli's tune he ran amok with it, resulting into it. It took him four years, but the result was the famous Diabelli variations. ''Diabelli Variations'', the greatest set of keyboard variations since Music/JohannSebastianBach's ''Goldberg Variations'' of 60 years earlier. Diabelli considered them so Badass that he released his Beethoven's contribution as an independent volume, putting all fellow composers to shame. [[CurbStompBattle Which included big names like Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt.]]
1st Aug '16 1:58:54 AM 06tele
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* VindicatedByHistory: The first performance of the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Ninth]] reportedly was a bit of a failure, and after opening night it did poorly. Possibly partly because Beethoven insisted on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beethoven%27s_Ninth_Symphony#Premiere directing it himself]] despite being [[TearJerker completely deaf]] - to the point where he was still conducting after the orchestra finished playing.
** The premiere of the Fifth Symphony was in a concert that lasted four hours on a cold, December night and the audience was tired. Needless to say, it was not very well accepted in its first performance. It took a review by Creator/ETAHoffmann to bring its genius to light. However, ItMakesSenseInContext - the premiere was during the Napoleonic Wars, and as a result the orchestra was only able to rehearse the piece once before the performance, and mangled it so badly that Beethoven was forced to stop and restart at one point.

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* VindicatedByHistory: The first performance of the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Ninth]] reportedly was a bit of a failure, and after opening night it did poorly. Possibly partly because Beethoven insisted on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beethoven%27s_Ninth_Symphony#Premiere directing it himself]] despite being [[TearJerker completely deaf]] - to the point where he was still conducting after the orchestra finished playing.
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The premiere of the Fifth Symphony was in a concert that lasted four hours on a cold, December night and the audience was tired. Needless to say, it was not very well accepted in its first performance. It took a review by Creator/ETAHoffmann to bring its genius to light. However, ItMakesSenseInContext - the premiere was during the Napoleonic Wars, and as a result the orchestra was only able to rehearse the piece once before the performance, and mangled it so badly that Beethoven was forced to stop and restart at one point.
12th Apr '16 7:28:07 AM ParanoiaAgent
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** When he was asked to send in a composition for the joint project of many popular composers of his time, curated by Anton Diabelli, he initially refused as he didn't want to be a "cobbler's patch". Beethoven however took the proposed motif and ran amok with it, resulting into the famous Diabelli variations. Diabelli considered them so Badass that he released his contribution as an independent volume, putting all fellow composers to shame. [[CurbStompBattle Which included big names like Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt.]]
6th Feb '16 11:35:00 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: This is actually still up for debate between the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. And some critics will throw in the Seventh Symphony.
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