I can say that the gorgeousness of music was discovered by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
For me, he was the greatest musician ever lived. Leonard Bernstein, who was a 20th .
century musician, thought just like I did and took Beethoven as an idol for his music. .
In this essay I will try to show the similarities between these two musicians. .
Beethoven was born in Bonn, in 1770. He gave his first piano concert at the age of .
seven. He stayed in Bonn for long years. The first time he went to Vienna he met .
Mozart. After their meeting Mozart announced him as his student. But Beethoven was .
officially Haydn's student. Because he thought that Haydn could not discover his .
talent, he started to take lessons from Schenk and Salieri in private. .
His goal was to bring contemporary people new and advanced music. He used to .
identify himself with Napoleon's brotherhood, justice and freedom terms. During the .
French Revolution, Beethoven was working on his 3rd symphony which was named .
Bonaparte after Napoleon. But right after he found out that Napoleon announced .
himself king, he got angry and changed the name to Eroica. .
By 1800 he started going deaf. And by the time he finished his most famous work the .
9th symphony called Chocal, he could not hear anything. To hear the sound vibrations, .
he used to put a stick between his teeth and place the end of the stick to the piano. .
Although he was deaf, the 9th symphony is all about the joy of life. The lyrics are from .
one of Schiller's poem called "Ode to Joy". His fifth symphony though was under the .
theme of loneliness. .
"By the time I come to the end of Beethoven's Fifth, I'm a new man." said Leonard .
Bernstein. He analyzed this symphony in his book called The Joy of Life. He was born .
in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918. He presented a Beethoven/Bernstein Festival in .
1989 in Bonn. He started to be largely known when he became the music director of .
the New York Philharmonic in 1958. He wrote 3 symphonies called Facsimile, Fancy .