Beethoven’s three musical periods: ‘heroic’ middle period
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Beethoven: 20 facts about the great composer
12. Beethoven’s three musical periods: ‘heroic’ middle period
After his personal crisis, it’s perhaps no surprise that Beethoven’s middle period works are more emotional. A lot of the music from this period expresses heroes and struggles – including Symphony No. 3, the last three piano concertos, five string quartets, Beethoven’s only opera, <i>Fidelio</i>, and piano sonatas including the ‘Moonlight’, ‘Waldstein’ and ‘Appassionata’.