The Eroica Symphony and Napoleon Bonaparte
Originally the work was to be titled the “Bonaparte Symphony” (New Groves), as a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Consul who had begun to radically reform Europe after conducting sweeping military campaigns across the continent. In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself emperor, a move which angered Beethoven. As legend has it, the composer ripped through the title page and later renamed the symphony the Eroica because he refused to dedicate one of his pieces to the man he now considered a “tyrant”.
I HOPE MORE FOLKS WILL WAKE UP - AS BEETHOVEN DID ABOUT NAPOLEON - AND SEE OBAMA FOR WHAT HE IS SOON. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. BEFORE 2014.