In 1805, the world of music was startled by an avant-garde and explosive new work. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica," rudely broke the mold of the Viennese Classical symphony and revealed a powerful new expressiveness, both personal and societal. Even the whiff of actual political revolution was woven into the work-it was originally inscribed to Napoleon Bonaparte, a dangerous hero for a composer dependent on conservative royal patronage. With the first two stunning chords of the "Eroica," classical music was transformed.
In Beethoven's Eroica, James Hamilton-Paterson reconstructs this great moment in Western culture, the shock of the music and the symphony's long afterlife.
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Table of Contents
1 Introduction and Glossary 1
2 The Boy from Bonn 15
3 Vienna 39
4 Prometheus 63
5 Constructing a Symphony 83
6 Who Was the Real Hero of the 'Eroica'? 109
7 The Reception of the 'Eroica' 125
8 The Symphonic Ideal 135
9 After 'Eroica' 151