Ludwig van Beethoven helped define the Classical period while pushing it toward the Romantic. He was born in Germany in 1770 and spent most of his adult life in Vienna, Austria, dying there in 1827.
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All About Beethoven
Major life events and informative influences, commentary on various works with sample notation, gallery of portraits and places, free sheet music in DOC format, advice on playing selected pieces, and links.
BBC News: Beethoven's Ninth Up for Sale
The earliest-known draft of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony goes under the hammer with an estimated price tag of up £200,000.
Catalog of works, information on the 9 symphonies, MIDI collection, message board and chat room, pictures, and biography.
Beethoven Memorial Museum
Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria: The former home of countess Erdödy, where some of Beethoven's works were composed; now houses a museum and small concert hall.
Beethoven on Vintage Postcards
Graphic image gallery and history of early 20th century European postcards depicting the composer. Biographical notes with images of some of the postcards.
Beethoven Reference Site
Includes biography, pictures, a discussion, family tree, and complete list of works.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
A flash presentation analyzing the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.
Beethoven, the Man and the Artist, as Revealed in His Own Words
Quotes and writings by the composer.
Beethoven: Music and Information
Biography, MIDI files, list of compositions and portraits.
Beethoven: The Magnificent Master
Biography, listing of works, picture gallery, creation histories, music criticism, other composers, and opera guides.
Classic Cat: Beethoven
Directory of mp3s that have been made available by their performing artists and links to related sites.
Classical Music Archives: Beethoven
Over 800 works by the composer offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists. Two biographies.
Classical Net: Beethoven
Basic repertoire list, MIDI files, and recommended recordings.
Information about the bagatelle, with resources including sheet music and an mp3 recording by Valentina Lisitsa.
Grave of Beethoven
Photographs of the burial place of the composer in Vienna. The cemetery shows other notables sharing his resting place.
Humanities Web: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Brief biography, list of key works, a timeline, and quotes.
IMDb: Beethoven Filmography
Includes television shows and movies featuring his music and various productions based on his life.
Kunst der Fuge: Ludwig van Beethoven
Includes a collection of MIDI files, biography from Grove, portrait and bibliography.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Biography, history blog written by Stan Klos.
Ludwig van Beethoven at Piano Society
Biography from the Piano Society with photographs and free MP3 audio recordings of Beethoven's works.
Mfiles: Ludwig van Beethoven
Brief biography, links to related composers, and music examples in sheet music, MIDI, or MP3.
Sonatas for Piano Solo
Interpretations of the composers piano sonatas, including the Appassionata and Moonlight sonatas.
The Unheard Beethoven
MIDI files of the composer's less famous compositions.
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