Beethoven's Eroica: Thematic Studies by Constantin Floros

By Constantin Floros

With this learn the writer «opened up a formerly locked door of Beethoven study» (Martin Geck). The publication offers conclusive solutions to questions that had occupied critics for greater than a century. It makes transparent what precisely Beethoven and his contemporaries intended by way of the time period «heroic». It proves that the «heroic-allegorical ballet» The Creatures of Prometheus is a key paintings for an realizing of the Eroica, and indicates that Beethoven linked the 1st Consul of the French Republic, Napoleon Bonaparte, with the legendary determine of the Titan Prometheus. The ebook attracts on interdisciplinary researches within the parts of Greek Mythology, Napoleonic heritage and Comparative Literature.

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Beethoven's Eroica: Thematic Studies. Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch

With this research the writer «opened up a formerly locked door of Beethoven learn» (Martin Geck). The booklet provides conclusive solutions to questions that had occupied critics for greater than a century. It makes transparent what precisely Beethoven and his contemporaries intended by way of the time period «heroic». It proves that the «heroic-allegorical ballet» The Creatures of Prometheus is a key paintings for an knowing of the Eroica, and exhibits that Beethoven linked the 1st Consul of the French Republic, Napoleon Bonaparte, with the legendary determine of the Titan Prometheus.

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9 But now Melpomene intervenes, presenting a tragic scene to the astonished youngsters by showing them with her dagger how death puts an end to the days of man. While the children shudder, she rushes up to their dismayed father, reproaches him for having created these wretched beings for such misfortune and thinks death not too harsh a punishment for him. In vain the pitying children try to hold her back: she kills Prometheus with her dagger. Nos. 10 to 16 But Thalia ends the mourning by a playful, jocular scene.

1-28; condensed recapitulation mm. 2846; coda mm. ” The lively music of the coda clearly illustrates this exit. 39 3. The Music of the Second Act For the second act of the ballet, Beethoven composed altogether 13 numbers (Nos. 4-16). Four among these merit special attention, because they will prove to be of eminent importance for our Eroica analysis. They will therefore be the focal point of the following discussion. Una danza eroica: “A martial scene” (No. 8) Our survey of the heroic ballet in the 18th century (ch.

27 Note that the annotation Promet: mort on p. 111, l. 3 refers to an f sharp marked with a fermata! A comparison, finally, of the piangendo passages in the Sketchbook (p. 111, ll. 6-7) with the conclusion of the Allegro molto (mm. 87-99) enables us to realize that the hocket-like passages of the woodwinds here serve as tone-painting to illustrate the sobs of the weeping children and thus should be understood as a threnody. Una giuocosa scena: the Resurrection of Prometheus (Pastoral No. 10) The tragic section, which illustrates the entrance of Melpomene and the death of Prometheus, is followed in Beethoven’s score by a pastoral (No.

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