Beethoven’s temper and Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’
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Beethoven: Compositions, biography, siblings and more facts
15. Beethoven’s temper and Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’
Beethoven admired the ideals of the French Revolution, so he dedicated his third symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte… until Napoleon declared himself emperor. Beethoven then sprung into a rage, ripped the front page from his manuscript and scrubbed out Napoleon’s name. Some modern reproductions of the original title page have scrubbed out Napoleon’s name to create a hole for authenticity’s sake!