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Beethoven’s «Eroica»

Thematic Studies- Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch

Constantin Floros

With this study the author «opened up a previously locked door of Beethoven research» (Martin Geck). The book presents conclusive answers to questions that had occupied critics for more than a century. It makes clear what exactly Beethoven and his contemporaries meant by the term «heroic». It proves that the «heroic-allegorical ballet» The Creatures of Prometheus is a key work for an understanding of the Eroica, and shows that Beethoven associated the First Consul of the French Republic, Napoleon Bonaparte, with the mythical figure of the Titan Prometheus. The book draws on interdisciplinary researches in the areas of Greek Mythology, Napoleonic History and Comparative Literature.


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Design: © Olaf Gloeckler, Atelier Platen, Friedberg Cover illustration: Ludwig van Beethoven, ca. 1804. Oil painting by Joseph Willibrord Mähler. Wien Museum. Expanded version of the German original edition: „Beethovens Eroica und Prometheus-Musik. Sujet-Studien“ by Constantin Floros. © 2008 by Florian Noetzel Verlag, Heinrichshofen Books, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Floros, Constantin. [Beethovens Eroica und Prometheus-Musik. English] Beethoven’s Eroica : thematic studies / Constantin Floros ; translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-62832-4 (alk. paper) 1. Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Symphonies, no. 3, op. 55, Eflat major. 2. Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Geschöpfe des Prometheus. I. Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest, 1934-, translator. II. Title. ML410.B42F613 2013 784.2‘184--dc23 2012042694 ISBN 978-3-631-62832-4 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.

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