Beethoven's Eroica : The First Great Romantic Symphony
Author(s): 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.
- : 9781541697362
- : Basic Books
- : Hachette
- : 0.254012
- : December 2017
- : books
- : James Hamilton-Paterson
- : Hardcover
- : 192