Beethoven and Freud Analytical Essay by Nicky

Beethoven and Freud
A look at Ludwig Van Beethoven's life and how it affected his music through the application of Sigmund Freud's theory.
# 147844 | 2,792 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper attempts to examine how Beethoven's childhood and his life truly affected his music and him as a composer. It looks at the different stages in his early life, and, using Freud's theories of personality such as the ego and superego, tracks his evolution into a child genius.

Freud's Personality Theories
The Beginnings of the Genius
The Child Genius in the Making
The Evolution of the Genius

From the Paper:

"Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn. Johann van Beethoven was his father and Maria Magdalena Keverich was his mother. They were married December 12, 1767 in the church of Saint Remigio when Johann was 27 and Maria 21 at the time. (Kaux, 2007) "His family originated from Brabant, in Belgium. His father was musician at the Court of Bonn, with a definite weakness for drink. His mother was always described as a gentle, retiring woman, with a warm heart. Beethoven referred to her as his 'best friend.' The Beethoven family consisted of seven children, but only the three boys survived, of whom Beethoven was the eldest. (Prevot, 2001)" The roots of the Beethoven family can be found in Flanders and Brabant, both of these regions are today a part of Belgium. Their earliest ancestors can be traced back as far as to the year 1500. (Raptus Association for Music Appreciation, 2009) The Beethoven family had several generations of musicians before the birth of the Beethoven. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boere, C. George. Personality Theories: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). 2006. 11 Apr. 2009. <>.
  • Kaux. Beethoven. 2007. 11 Apr. 2009. <>.
  • Lane, William. Beethoven: The Immortal. 16 Jan. 2006. 11 Apr. 2009. <>.
  • Munteanu, Iulian. All About Beethoven. 2006. 11 Apr. 2009. <>.
  • Prevot, Dominique. Ludwig Van Beethoven's Biography. Dec. 2001. 11 Apr. 2009. <>

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