What were some of Beethoven's greatest achievements?
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Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the great musicians and composers during the transition from the Classical to the Romantic periods in Western music.
He was first recognized as an outstanding instrumentalist, playing both piano and violin in the homes of wealthy patrons and, on the piano, on the concert stage. His repetoire quickly expanded to include his own compositions as well as music featuring his improvisations based on works by others, such as Bach and Mozart.
By 1800, Beethoven was widely known as a composer of great ability. His "melodies, musical development, use of modulation and texture, and characterization of emotion" introduced new methods of presenting and developing musical themes. His musical innovations continued throughout his career, including his expansion of the format of the symphony.
Beethoven set new standards for conveying emotion and passion through his music, created intricate melodies and harmonies that continue to challenge and delight musicians today, and showed himself to be a master of composition for many instruments and musical formats.
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