Beethoven's Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony, Hamilton-Paterson

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Author James Hamilton-Paterson
Illustrator N/A
Format Hardcover
Pages 192
Publisher Basic Books
Publication Year 2017
ISBN-13 978-1541697362

An ode to Beethoven’s revolutionary masterpiece, his Third Symphony.

In 1805, the world of music was startled by an avant-garde and explosive new work. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the “Eroica,” rudely broke the mold of the Viennese Classical symphony and revealed a powerful new expressiveness, both personal and societal. Even the whiff of actual political revolution was woven into the work-it was originally inscribed to Napoleon Bonaparte, a dangerous hero for a composer dependent on conservative royal patronage. With the first two stunning chords of the “Eroica,” classical music was transformed.

In Beethoven’s Eroica, James Hamilton-Paterson reconstructs this great moment in Western culture, the shock of the music and the symphony’s long afterlife.

About James Hamilton-Paterson:

James Hamilton-Paterson is one of Britain’s most distinguished-and reclusive-writers. A travel writer, memoirist, poet, and award-winning novelist, Hamilton-Paterson is also an accomplished musician. His novel Gerontius won a Whitbread Prize and his many books include the bestselling Empire of the CloudsMarked for Death and Music: Stories. He now lives in Austria.