Ep. 49: Fallen Heroes – Beethoven and His Symphony No. 3

In the first drafts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, there is a name that appeared as the subtitle before it was scribbled out and changed to ‘Eroica’. Originally Beethoven dedicated this symphony to his personal hero, a man who would soon instigate his own demise when he crowned himself Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major (‘Eroica’) manuscript title page: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Eroica_Beethoven_title.jpg

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Music used in this episode:
Into the Divide by Trevor Kowalski
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major (‘Eroica’), Op. 55, Mvt. I. Allegro con brio and IV. Finale. Allegro Molto by Ludwig van Beethoven

Sources used for this episode:
Anthony Tommasini, The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide (New York: Penguin Press, 2018), 165-166.
Corey Field, ed., The Musicians Guide to Symphonic Music: Essays from the Eulenberg Scores (Mainz: Schott Music Corporation, 1997), 41-44.