Ludwig van Beethoven’s work exemplified the Classical period. His career has been divided into three periods, early, when his work reflected the influence of Mozart and Haydn, and while he was known as a piano virtuoso; the middle or heroic period when he forged his path and intended “to take a new way,” but also lost his hearing; and the late period whilst he stopped performing or appearing publicly. His compositions bridged the evolution from the Classical to the Romantic musical era. By changing symmetry and structure to create strong emotional works Ludwig van Beethoven became a transitional musical figure of this period.
The Works of Beethoven
His Symphony No. 3 in E flat, op. 55, also known as his Eroica Symphony, completed in 1804 was considered one of his most defining works. His style was moving beyond his previous pieces influenced by Mozart, forging a new path. With his Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 also referred to as his Choral Symphony is considered one of the greatest ever composed and a foundation of the Romantic movement. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 is one of the best-known pieces of classical music. This was composed during a productive period of his work between 1804-1808. He was a transitional figure at a time when orchestras were expanded in size and he rearranged elements of style to bring emotion and passion to his music.
This Ludwig van Beethoven history mug is part of our Artist series which includes many of the notable figures who created a variety of beautiful music and art over their careers.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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