In the spring of 1802, Ludwig van Beethoven began to lose his hearing. The finest doctors in Vienna could not help him. In a matter of years, he would be completely deaf. His career as a concert pianist would be over. Music was Ludwig's life and livelihood. What would he do?
Then a melody came to Ludwig, and he had a revelation: he, Ludwig van Beethoven would become the greatest composer of all! But what would inspire him to transform his melody into a great symphony? A war was raging across Europe—a war to free all people. Perhaps inspiration lay there. . .
Beethoven's Heroic Symphony is one of the most famous symphonies of all time. Anna Celenza and JoAnn Kitchel team up again to bring the moving story behind the music to life.
Includes a CD recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (Eroica, Italian for "heroic"), performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti.
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