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Classical Excursions: Beethoven and Napoleon



Saturday, February 20 4:00 CST and on demand for ticket holders

In the early part of his career Napoleon was hailed across Europe as a kind of political savior: the embodiment of newly-formed Enlightenment ideals and an antidote to the oppressive regimes then in power. For better or worse Napoleon completely revolutionized Europe.

Legend has it that Beethoven admired Napoleon enough to dedicate his monumental new symphony to him, only to furiously scribble out the dedication when he learned that Napoleon had crowned himself emperor.

Beethoven’s third symphony, the “Heroic Symphony”, changed how people thought about symphonies forever. Seth will discuss this revolutionary work and place it in the context of its time.