However many experts argue that he was not a Romantic composer and they refute any opposite claims made by other scholars. In order to understand the origins of this debate, and the various sides of arguments that have stemmed from it, one needs to explore the Romantic era and the influences it has had on Enlightenment and aesthetics. This paper provides a comprehensive insight into these arguments and discusses if Beethoven’s partiality towards Romanticism is essentially a myth or has some substance. The first half of the paper would explore the works of Beethoven and trace how his virtuosity brought him at par with the most notable musicians and composers of history. In the later part of the essay, the myth behind Beethoven is explored, followed with a conclusion.
Beethoven is regarded as a transitional composer from the Classical to the Romantic period. The Classical time period extends from 1730 to 1820. The Romantic period followed the Classical period, and lasted from 1815 to 1910. Beethoven lived most of his life in the Classical period; however, he spent the last years of his life in the Romantic era. Chronologically speaking, Beethoven composed mainly in the Classical era, and his works are depictive of the traits that are typical of music produced in that time period. This was primarily due to the influences of Mozart and Haydn, as discussed later. Nevertheless, Beethoven became more passionate and intense in the later part of his life and his works are synonymous to the Romantic type of music. Therefore, Beethoven is not purely a Classic or a Romantic. He shows gradual transition from the production of symphonies, concertos, sonatas to string quartets towards the end of his life. Therefore, this paper contains Beethoven’s biography and works both from the Classical and Romantic era.
Beethoven was a German music composer and pianist. Born in 1770 in Bonn,