It has been said that Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55—also known as Eroica—narrates the life of a hero: from the first movement’s light and vital energy to its second part opposing the Romantic exaltation of his death. After this tragic coloring, the composer draws on new hopes once again. It is quite remarkable that this composition mirrors Beethoven’s life trajectory: in fact, it is well known that during the years 1801-1802 the German composer progressively lost his hearing. Humiliated and terrified, he fell into a deep depression, but eventually his will to compose overcame all difficulties. Here is the Finale’s sublime tune: a breathtaking swan song.
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Ushering in the era of Romanticism, Symphony No. 3 not only broke with Beethoven’s previous style of composition, but it renewed the whole symphonic art of his generation. “I doubt whether in the whole history of arts,” says Daniel Barenboim, “there has been such a great stride forward in such a short time… I believe it opens a new page in the history of human consciousness.” In fact, Beethoven’s beloved Eroica is a manifesto in music of the revolutionary ideas of his period, embodying Greek mythology and Napoleon Bonaparte. The work was initially dedicated to Napoleon, that is, until he crowned himself Emperor, much to the disdain of the German composer! The finale pays tribute to the myth of the Greek titan who defied the gods by stealing fire with a long series of variations on The Creatures of Prometheus’s theme. Come and listen to this divine gift that is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3! Enjoy it on medici.tv.