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Beethoven's Eroica

Beethoven's Eroica

The First Great Romantic Symphony

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.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Music / Genres & Styles / Classical

On Sale: December 5th 2017

Price: $25 / $32.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 192

ISBN-13: 9781541697362

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