5. What three factors were important in establishing Beethoven as a formidable presence in Vienna once he arrived?

4. Why were there problems regarding Beethoven's composition studies with Haydn?


Haydn was at the height of his career and very busy with commissions and travels to London. Beethoven did not feel that Haydn was terribly interested in teaching, and Haydn felt that Beethoven should be more deferential toward his teacher. Beethoven: "I never learned anything from Haydn."

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Click on play button above to hear the Finale from Haydn's final symphony (No. 104), composed in 1795. Haydn symphonies were a tough act to follow for Beethoven, and Beethoven waited until 1800 to complete his Symphony no. 1.

Ludwig van Beethoven

(1770-1827)