How Do You Listen To Beethovens “Eroica” Symphony?
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony, nicknamed the “Eroica” (Italian for “Heroic”), altered the course of musical history. Composed in 1803, the Eroica broke the established rules for the classical symphony that had been perfected by Haydn and Mozart. Many historians see the Eroica Symphony as the beginning of the Romantic era in music. But aside from its historical significance, Beethoven’s Third Symphony is a tremendously satisfying emotional and aesthetic journey. Insert the CD into the stereo and press play. Close your eyes if you wish. As you listen to the turbulent, expansive opening movement, imagine a hero struggling valiantly against forces either within or outside himself. Although many aspects of the music, including the fact that it was originally inspired by Napoleon’s rise to power, bring to mind a military conflict, your images don’t have to be confined to battles. Whatever kind of struggle you want to picture in your mind, there is clearly little or no resolution to i