Ludwig Van Beethoven,a major composer of the nineteenth century,overcame many _1__ problems to achieve artistic greatness.
Born in Bonn,Germany,in 1770,he first studied music _2__ the court organist,Gilles Vander Eeden.His father was excessively strict and given to _3__ drinking.When his mother died,Beethoven,then a young man,was __4_ guardian of his two younger brothers.Appointed deputy court organists to Christian Gottlob Neefe at a surprisingly early age in 1782,Beethoven also __5_ the harpsichord and the Viola.In 1792 he was sent to Vienna __6_ his patron.court Ferdinated Waldstein,to _7__ music under Haydn.
Beethoven __8_ unmarried.Because _9__ irregular payment from his publishers __10_ his patrons,he was troubled by financial worries throughout his _11__ life.Continually plagued by _12__ health,he developed an ear infection which _13__ to his tragic deafness in 1819.
In _14__ of this handicap,however,he continued to write music.He completed mature mastepieces of great musical depth;three piano sonatas,four string quarters,the Missa Solemins,and the 9th Symphony.He died in 1872.His life was marked by a passionate dedication __15_ independence.
Nothing that Beethoven often __16_ into fits of rage,Goethe once said__17_ him," I am astonished by his talent,but he is unfortunately an altogether untamed personality." _18__ Beethoven's personality may have been _19__ ,his music shows great discipline and control ,and this is _20__ we remember him best.
1) A personal B himself C private D own 2) A by B within C with D for 3) A small B heavy C many D great 4) A sent B send C name D named 5) A played B play C playing D to play 6) A by B on C in D from 7) A studying B have studied C study D be studied 8) A reminded B remarked C remanded D remained 9) A for B of C with D on 10) A from B on C under D between 11) A older B younger C adult D old 12) A good B worse C illness D ill 13) A led B caused C leads D caused 14) A despite B spite C although D though 15) A of B on C to D with 16) A flew B fly C came D come 17) A with B for C to D of 18) A in spite of B although C however D since 19) A intamed B distamed C untamed D iltamed 20) A how B when C where D who