M. J. LAUZON
I think you'd be hard pressed to find a composer more identified. Once one of his symphonies begins, it is recognized. His ninth symphony alone, the Ode to Joy, has been used over and over. For me, it never ceases to amaze me that such a beautiful symphony could have been written as the composer became deaf.
The Ninth Symphony and its Chorale at the Finale is a testimony for all time of the human spirit ... It is that rare gem among other jewels, & time itself is transcended...Beethoven's blend of human emotion & compassion, and great musical artistry will be the broadest standard for many , many more generations all across the globe ...
Basil Kasimis MD
He made the world more civilized
He wrote his music because he believed he could change the world with it. He has changed the world and continues to do so. While Bach may be music's "father" and Mozart its most talented "son" Beethoven has reached so many people. His influence today is as great as it was if not greater than when he was alive.
Beethoven was really the first composer/performer to think in terms of his compositions' posterity. He composed not just on commission for the next concert, but for the future. His Ninth Symphony is one of man's greatest artistic achievements, and he wrote it while totally deaf. Its subject is nothing less than a quest for the meaning of life. As he composed it he realized he had to use a chorus (a symphonic first) to sing Schiller's poem about universal brotherhood as the ideal of mankind.
Still an icon after these many years. I listen to his Ninth Symphony and I am transformed
My love and appreciation for music makes it hard to choose. However, Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN is my choice. His music not only spans centuries, but is still infuential throughout the world. Even during the DISCO era, his "9th Symphony" was a dancing hit with lots of radio play. Children 4,to adults 104 years of age can enjoy his music. Whether mixed with JAZZ or HIP-Hop, his notes do not discriminate. From London, Rio, to Brooklyn New York, people feel good inside when listing or playing Beethoven.
He brought emotion for faith and for good to music
Beethoven's music, however unintentionally, was utterly embraced by successive German leaders and came to epitomize a German Patriotism that did not previously exist. Bismarck's personal comment that Beethoven "made him brave," taken out of context, was foisted upon the masses to crystalize an idea of a "Greater Germany." This led out onto the 2nd and 3rd Reichs, both of whose leaders, Wilhelm and Hitler, used these same rhythms, notes and ideas to drive their ill fated marches into history.
He provided the transition in Western classical music from the classical style of Bach and Mozart to the romanntic style of Brahms and Grieg.
NOTHING WAS EVER THE SAME AFTER BEETHOVEN..NOT MUSIC...NOT HOW MUSICIANS WERE TREATED...NOT HOW PEOPLE LOOKED AT THE WORLD