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Evening Masterwork: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Eroica” by Ludwig van Beethoven

Evening Masterwork for October 9, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the Eroica, not only represented a turning point in the composer’s career, but is one of the few pieces of music that forever changed music history. At the time, audiences didn’t seem too fond of it – many found it to be a “horribly long” and “most difficult” piece of music. The work went beyond simple entertainment, forcing Beethoven’s contemporaries to reconsider what a symphony should be and be able to do. Of course, there’s also the story about the symphony’s dedication. Beethoven originally intended the work to be dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, but the composer became a bit disenfranchised with Napoleon when he crowned himself Emperor in 1804. After that point, the symphony was dedicated to “the memory of a great man.”