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Listening assignment 2: Beethoven “Eroica”
In 1803 Beethoven composed his Third Symphony. It was most played at a private concert during the summer a year later at the estate of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz and in the following year he gave a public premier in Vienna on April 7th 1805. At the time the audiences were split into 2: Those who rated the symphony a masterpiece and those who said that the piece was too long, difficult and strange. The movements in this symphony were departed in unexpected ways from Beethoven’s other writings for symphony especially with the first movement of this symphony being as long as the symphonies from a generation earlier.
This symphony was first called the Bonaparte because Beethoven highly admired Napoleon Bonaparte, his hero who promised to lead humanity into a new age of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Napoleon was like a hero to Beethoven, but when the symphony became published in 1806 Beethoven realized that the things her saw in Bonaparte became illusions and he change the name of his Third Symphony from “Bonaparte” to “Sinfonia Eroica… composta per festeggiare il sovvenire di un grand Uomo” which translates to “ Heroic Symphony… composed to celebrate the memory of a great man. This great man was his original patron, Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz. Before all of this, Beethoven started going deaf and thought that it would be wortless for him to continually compose for he thought that a deaf musician is like a blind painter… Purposeless. Beethoven drafted a well and a testament that he would eventually give to his brothers Carl and Johann disbursing all of his belongings to them. This document was called the Heiligenstadt Testament. The will also explained what exactly was going on with Beethoven including how long this has been going on and his pleading for them to understand and forgive him. He even considered...

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