American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Beethoven, Ludwig van 1770-1827. German composer. Among the greatest composers in history, he began to lose his hearing in 1801 and was deaf by 1819. His music, which formed a transition from classical to romantic composition, includes 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, a violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, several other sonatas, 2 Masses, and an opera.
- n. A surname, usually applying to Ludwig van Beethoven
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Ludwig van Beethoven, a renowned German composer, born 1770, died 1827.
- n. the music of Beethoven.
- n. the music of Beethoven
- n. German composer of instrumental music (especially symphonic and chamber music); continued to compose after he lost his hearing (1770-1827)
“The Quebec City trio with deep Regina roots (both Lowe and Lofgren hail from here) played with precision and panache in Beethoven's rarely-heard Triple Concerto.”
“In the silence, she said, 'To think that Beethoven is dead and there are so many jerks still alive.”
“In perhaps the most logistically demanding portion of the concert, Rivas collaborated with a youthful Markus Groh in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2.”
“And, before I get accused of being one of those coastal intellectual elites, who I am to judge whether Beethoven is better than Jay-Z or Fellini is better than Atpow; to each his own.”
“Every note we know about Beethoven is from the page.”
“As you might imagine, Beethoven is a composer of particular interest for such revisionism, given both the encrusted consensus on interpreting his music and the highly-charged political atmospheres both in which he worked and in which his music has been used (and misused) ever since.”
“Option no. 3 — and Beethoven is fertile ground for this — is to explain how what everybody thinks about Great Masterpiece A is totally, totally wrong, and the better interpretation is one that's far more troubling/interesting/off-the-wall.”
“The only “creationism” being discussed in this thread, Beethoven, is you creating your own little la-la-land to hide in because you are too intellectually dishonest and cowardly to factually back up your opposition to Southers.”
“Although the name Beethoven conjures thoughts of high-powered masterpieces, he didn't produce works of earthshaking quality across the board.”
“The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven is better known as Moonlight Sonata.”
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