Ⅱ． Beethoven never married . As a teacher, he was ____ (a．patient b．impatient) but ____(a．painstaking b．hardworking); he was ____(a．quiet b． calm)in piano playing but ____(a．extraordinary b．extravagant)in conducting. He was so ____(a． absorbed b．absent minded) that once he insisted on paying a waiter for a dinner he had not eaten or even ordered.
Part Ⅰ Warming-up Exercises
A. Dates: World Famous Composers
Directions: You will hear the dates of birth and the dates of death of ten world famous composers. Listen carefully. Fill in the blanks with the dates you hear. Write as rapidly as you can. You may use short forms for the months. For example: Jan. for January; Feb. for February.
1．March 21, 1685 2．February 23, 1685
3．January 27,1756 4．December 17,1770
5．November 19,1828 6．November 4,1847
7．March 1,1810 8．October 22, 1811
9．June 3,1899 10．December 6,1893
B. Difficult Sentences
Directions: You are going to hear some sentences chosen from the comprehension material in this lesson. Complete the sentences with what you hear on the tape.
1．His finest works were composed after he had lost the power to enjoy them.
2．But the poor lodger who had the room under the musician's was woken up each night or early in the morning by the two thuds that the two shoes made as they landed on his ceiling.
Part Ⅱ Ludwigvan Beethoven
Directions: Write down all the time expressions in Column
A. Then draw lines to match the phrases from Column B with the time expressions in Column A according to the information given on the tape.
Key: (see tapescript)
Directions: Fill in the blanks with the adjectives you hear from the tape which describe Beethoven.
Key: (see tapescript)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1′28″)
Beethoven is universally recognized as one of the greatest composers in the world.
Born in Bonn in 1770, Beethoven showed great talent at an early age. In 1787, Beethoven first visited Vienna, at that time the centre of the musical world. There he performed before Mozart, who was amazed at his talent. In 1792, Beethoven returned to Vienna, where he lived until his death.
Beethoven never married. As a teacher, he was impatient but painstaking; he was quiet in piano playing but extravagant in conducting. He was so absent-minded that once he insisted on paying a waiter for a dinner he had not eaten or even ordered.
By 1817, he became totally deaf. Public performance stopped, but he continued his creative work. His finest works were composed after he had lost the power to enjoy them.
Beethoven's life ended sadly. After a long illness, he died on March 26, 1827.
Part Ⅲ MusicalHalf Notes
Directions: Use the key words and phrases to reconstruct sentences according to the information given on the tape.
Musical Half Notes (1′59″)
A musician who played pop music in a club lived in a boarding house in the centre of London. He always used to get back to his room very late at night and sometimes in the early hours of the morning. He was so tired when he got back that he would sit on the edge of his bed, take off his shoes and throw them on the floor, and say,“Thank goodness, another day is over.”He would then get into bed and fall fast asleep.
But the poor lodger who had the room under the musician's was woken up each night or early in the morning by the two thuds that the two shoes made as they landed on his ceiling. Finally, he could not stand it any more and went and complained to the musician Naturally, the musician was very upset and promised that in future after taking off his shoes he would put them down as quietly as possible on the carpet.
The next day, he got back from his club at about one o'clock in the morning, went up to his room, sat on the edge of his bed, took off one shoe and threw it on the floor. He was just about to do the same with the other when he suddenly remembered the promise he had made the day before. So with great care, he put the second shoe down silently on the carpet. Then he got into bed and fell fast asleep.
An hour later, he was woken up by a violent knocking on his door. It was the lodger who slept in the room just under his. “Please! Please! Please!”the lodger pleaded,“drop the other shoe. I've been waiting for a whole hour for you to drop it. As soon as you do, I can go to sleep.”