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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - a German and Austrian classical composer. Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the greatest composers in the world for all time. His most famous, influential and popular works are symphonies, piano sonatas and piano concertos. His teachers were Christian Gottlob Neefe, Joseph Haydn, Antonio Salieri and Johann Albrechtsberger. He was a teacher and friend of Ferdinand Ries.
Douglas Adams mentioned famous melody from Symphony No. 5 in his humorous novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "Desperately he grabbed for the only bit of culture he knew offhand - he hummed the first bar of Beethoven's Fifth. 'Da da da dum! Doesn't that stir anything in you?' "

Best Symphonies

Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

We highly recommend to buy the great version of Beethoven's symphonies, with all symphonies by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Schumann, Brahms, Bernstein, and some other symphonies:
Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

Best Concertos

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56

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Best Piano Sonatas

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight"

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor "Tempest", Op. 31, No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor "Appassionata", Op. 57

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor "Pathetique", Op. 13

Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3

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