Upon hearing Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Haydn said “I’m not quite sure if I like it or not … but definitively, from here on Music has changed forever.”
And it really did. That work marks the end of the Classic Era and the beginning of the Romantic Era, giving birth to a philosophy, to a social ideal, to the admiration of the hero within each person who fights for a better world, represented by the longest and grandiloquent symphony written to date, in which the limits of harmony are extrapolated.
The hero of this Symphony, who came to command one of the greatest nations in the world, by his character and genius, would become a common mortal when he succumbed to greed and vanity, declaring himself emperor.
These capital sins destroyed Beethoven’s admiration for the libertarian and revolutionary Napoléon Bonaparte, thus making him change the Symphony’s name from “Bonaparte” to “Eroica, composed to celebrate the memory of a great man”. The masterpiece would live forever.

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