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There is another name given to Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55 which is Eroica. Eroic means ‘heroic’ in Italian. This work of Beethoven has a great significance in the music history as it marks a very heavy introduction of composer’s middle period.
This much creativity in the musical history was never witnessed before. The work done under this era had great emotional and structural significance. This symphony is an excellent example of a classical piece introduced in the later half of the eighteenth century. It also includes elements of romance to be continued in the nineteenth century. First performance based on this symphony was on 7th April 1805. The instruments used in composing the symphony include flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, timpani and strings. The structure of the symphony is as follows: 1. Allegro con brio 2. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai in C minor 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 4. Finale: Allegro molto Actually Beethoven composed this symphony for Napoleon Bonaparte and planned to dedicate the symphony to him only. This was because as a person, Beethoven was deeply inspired by the people who led the French Revolution and Napoleon was one significant and respectable person of that era. This reflected some great respect and admiration that Beethoven had for Napoleon in his heart. Considering his financial situation at that time, he could have also dedicated this symphony to Prince Franz Joseph and received a great monetary reward for it. But he did not turn away from his initial decision and dedicated it to Napoleon only. All these insights about Beethoven were given forward by Maynard Solomon. ...
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