Ludwig van Beethoven gave the world many of the more recognizable melodies and orchestrations in history. Beyond the music, his personal story is just as gripping, reflecting the idealistic dreamer and tortured genius that he truly was.
His work covers a wide range of emotion and can reflect an equally wide range of personalities and characteristics. Let's find out the tune that is sure to be in your head and resonating in your soul when we're done.
If you're a hard-working and idealistic individual who has a profound belief in democracy and the rights of the individual, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the "Eroica," seems like it might just be meant for you. Even though he initially dedicated it to Napoleon Bonaparte, the maestro later crossed out the dedication violently from the page after finding out that Napoleon had named himself emperor. For Beethoven, this was a betrayal of the promise of democracy and freedom that the French Revolution had represented. Perhaps you too have been let down by those you once greatly admired as well.
Instead, maybe you feel like an opportunity is knocking at your door, that the fates are bringing a major shift in your life's path. If that's a theme that resonates with you, then perhaps Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is more your style. Should you feel that things are becoming increasingly more dramatic in your life, then it seems clear that this work is sure to resonate deeply with your soul.
The conductor has taken the podium, and a hush comes over the crowd. What notes will ring out in the concert hall for you tonight?