Beethoven: Letters, Journals and Conversations

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CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
1770Ludwig, second son of Johann van Beethoven, Court
Musician, and his wife, Maria Magdalena, is christened
in Bonn on December 17th.
1773 Beethoven's grandfather, Kapellmeister Louis van Beet
hoven, dies on December 24th.
1774 Kaspar Anton Karl, Beethoven's brother, is christened
on April 8th.
1775 Maria Josepha van Beethoven, Beethoven's grandmother,
dies on September 30th.
1776 Nikolaus Johann, Beethoven's brother, is christened on
October 2nd.
1778First public appearance as a pianist, of Ludwig v. B.,
described as "six years old", in Cologne on March 26th.
Takes lessons with van den Eeden.
1779Takes lessons with Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer.
In October, Christian Gottlob Neefe settles in Bonn.
1780-81Takes lessons with Franz George Rovantini (violin
and viola).
Takes lessons with Willibald Koch, a Franciscan
(organ?).
1781 Beethoven leaves school (the Tirocinium in Bonn).
Travels to Rotterdam by ship with his mother to appear
as a child prodigy, in October or November.
1782Takes lessons with Neefe, who appoints him organist in
his absence.
Becomes acquainted with Franz Gerhard Wegeler and,
through him, with the yon Breuning family.
At the end of the year, publication of "variations on a
March of Dressler" for pianoforte, "par un jeune amateur
Louis van Beethoven, âgé de dix ans".

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