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Ludwig van Beethoven was a german composer and pianist.

He remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period (classic and romantic), and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time.

His exact birth date is not known,  but he was baptized on the 17th of December  1770 in Bonn.

He probably inherited his musical talent from his father and grandfather, because both of them already sang in the electory choir.

His father was really ambitious and wanted him to become a “wunderkind“. Since the age of 4 he needs to play the piano.

He was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and later on he worked with Christian Gottlob Neefe, a german composer and conductor in order to help his family financially. His father was an alcoholic and could not provide the family with enough money.

At the age of 17 he traveled to Vienna in order to be taught by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But at the time he arrived in Vienna, he got the message that his mother is dying and went back to Bonn.

He then needed to provide form his family because the father was not able to do so anymore.  As he taught the children of an important, wealthy woman he was able to meet person of influence. 

Later on, Joseph Hayden invited Beethoven to Vienna. Since then he got popular in no time and became very famous. Sadly, he recognized that his hearing is getting worse. Even though he visited many doctors no one could help him.

He got deaf and struggled a lot with it. Even though he did not stop composing. 

He died in March 1827.

The memorial was built in 1845 as a reminder for his 75 birthday and with it, the first Beethoven celebration began.  The statue was designed by Ernst Julius Hähnel , a famous sculptor and professor. The statue was built by Jacob Daniel Burgschmiet, a German sculptor. 

The text was written in December 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Lavinia Haas. I am from Bonn (Germany) and 18 years old. I just finished school and decided to do a European Volunteering Service in Madeira.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.