BEETHOVEN TIMELINE

1770 to 1778

Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. He was baptized early the next day. Key events from these periods include:

  • April 18, 1774: Baptism of Beethoven’s brother Caspar Anton Carl.
  • October 2, 1776: Baptism of Beethoven’s brother Nikolaus Johann.
  • March 22, 1778: Beethoven’s first known public performance in Cologne.

1779 to 1787

These were busy years for young Beethoven. Key events from this period of his life include:

  • February 23, 1779: Baptism of Beethoven’s sister Anna Maria Franziska who died one year later.
  • January 17, 1781: Baptism of Beethoven’s brother Franz Georg (who died a couple of years later).
  • 1782: Beethoven’s first publication of music, the Dressler Variations.
  • October 14, 1783: Publication of various sonatas and other works.
  • 1784: Appointed as Organist to the Choir of Maximilian Franz.
  • 1787: Visited Vienna and studied with Mozart. Beethoven’s mother also died this year.

1791 to 1800

Beethoven’s career takes off during this period. Events from his life during this period include:

  • 1792: Musical studies with Haydn and death of Beethoven’s father.
  • 1794: Haydn returns to London and Beethoven starts studying with Albrechtsberger.
  • March 29, 1795: First public appearance in Vienna.
  • 1797: Due to intestinal issues and other diseases, Beethoven starts going deaf.
  • 1797 to 1799: Publication of major works.
  • 1800: Performance of first symphony and composition of 2nd symphony.

Beethoven Symphonies

Beethoven’s Symphonies:

  • Opus 21: Symphony No. 1 in C major (composed 1799–1800, premièred 1800)
  • Opus 36: Symphony No. 2 in D major (composed 1801–02, premièred 1803)
  • Opus 55: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major (“Eroica”) (composed 1803/04, premièred 1805)
  • Opus 60: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major (composed 1806, premièred 1807)
  • Opus 67: Symphony No. 5 in C minor (“Fate”) (composed 1804–08, premièred 1808)
  • Opus 68: Symphony No. 6 in F major (“Pastoral”) (composed 1804–08, premièred 1808)
  • Opus 92: Symphony No. 7 in A major (composed 1811–12, premièred 1813)
  • Opus 93: Symphony No. 8 in F major (composed 1812, premièred 1814)
  • Opus 125: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”) (composed 1817–24, premièred 1824)