By Constantin Floros
With this research the writer «opened up a formerly locked door of Beethoven learn» (Martin Geck). The e-book offers conclusive solutions to questions that had occupied critics for greater than a century. It makes transparent what precisely Beethoven and his contemporaries intended via 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 booklet attracts on interdisciplinary researches within the parts of Greek Mythology, Napoleonic background and Comparative Literature
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13 The second theme, played forte by the first violins and accompanied by the entire orchestra, is a lushly “jubilant” melody. No less striking is the fact that the first theme appears also in the episodes, where it assumes the function of the bass voice. What semantics the two themes suggest would not be difficult to decide even if we had no other aid than Ritorni’s program. Happily, however, the Berlin Sketchbook Landsberg 7, which contains the drafts for nearly all parts of he Prometheus music,14 preserves something like a fragment from Viganò’s original scenario.
The earliest account – one generally accepted as true – stems from Anton Schindler. In the first edition of his Beethoven Biography, he states: The first suggestion for that symphony is actually supposed to have come from General Bernadotte, who was then the French ambassador in Vienna, and who esteemed Beethoven greatly. That is what I heard from several of Beethoven’s friends. Count Moritz Lichnovsky (the brother of Prince Lichnovsky), who was frequently in Bernadotte’s company together with Beethoven .
Here, finally, is Ritorni’s Italian text, along with an English translation: GLI UOMINI DI PROMETEO ossia La forza della musica e della danza Incalzato dalla fulminante ira del Cielo, che dà luogo a fragoroso musical preludio, vien Prometeo pel bosco correndo verso le sue statue della creta, cui frettoloso accosta al cuore la fiaccola celeste. Mentr' egli affaticato, affannato, compita l'opera, s' abbandona su un sasso, quelle acquistan vita e muovimento, e diventano in fatto, quali eran in apparenza, un uomo ed una donna (Salvatore stesso e la brava Casentini).