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Published on Jan 24, 2014
10 Variations On 'La stessa, La Stessissima' By Salieri, WoO 73 Salieri was Beethoven's teacher, much admired by him. It is only natural then that Beethoven choose one of his themes to write variations on, specially in the years he seemed to be most interested in fashioning variations after popular opera melodies.
Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 - 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.
Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven moved to Vienna in his early 20s, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.
His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.