Beethoven's Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony

Beethoven's Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony

by James Hamilton-Paterson


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An ode to Beethoven's revolutionary masterpiece, his Third Symphony

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541697362
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 811,312
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James Hamilton-Paterson is one of Britain's most distinguished-and reclusive-writers. A travel writer, memoirist, poet, and award-winning novelist, Hamilton-Paterson is also an accomplished musician. His novel Gerontius won a Whitbread Prize and his many books include the bestselling Empire of the Clouds, Marked for Death and Music: Stories. He now lives in Austria.

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

Appendix 167

Notes 169

Index 173

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