Beethoven's Heroic Symphony (Once Upon a Masterpiece #4) (Hardcover)

Beethoven's Heroic Symphony (Once Upon a Masterpiece #4) By Anna Harwell Celenza, Joann E. Kitchel (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Discover the little-known story of Beethoven's beloved masterwork. 

As the best pianist in Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven had everything: talent, money, fame. But he also had a terrible secret. He was slowly going deaf. Though his hearing deserted him, the maestro never lost his music. Seeking inspiration for his compositions, Beethoven hit upon Napoleon Bonaparte, then considered a liberator and a folk hero. Soon after Beethoven completed the work, Napoleon declared himself Emperor of France; betrayed and enraged, Beethoven tore his copy of the score to pieces. But his friend Ferdinand rescued a copy, and in time, Beethoven renamed it Eroica: the Heroic Symphony, dedicated to hero in each and every one of us.

About the Author

Anna Harwell Celenza is a musicologist and the author of several books for children including SAINT-SAEN'S DANSE MACABRE, MUSSORGSKY'S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, and GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE. Anna lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a professor of music at Georgetown University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781580895309
ISBN-10: 1580895301
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Once Upon a Masterpiece