Beethoven’s Eroica: From Napoleon Tribute to Musical Revolution

By | April 1, 2023

Beethoven originally composed his 3rd Symphony as an homage to Napoleon, whom he greatly respected. However, upon Napoleon’s self-coronation as emperor in 1804, Beethoven furiously denounced him as a despot and removed Bonaparte’s name from the title page of the score. In addition, this symphony, also known as the “Eroica,” marked a significant turning point […] Source