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Other Books in Series
This is book number 4 in the Once Upon a Masterpiece series.
- #1: Haydn's Farewell Symphony (Once Upon a Masterpiece #1) (Hardcover): $16.95
- #2: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (Once Upon a Masterpiece #2) (Hardcover): $16.95
- #3: Bach's Goldberg Variations (Once Upon a Masterpiece #3) (Hardcover): $16.95
- #5: Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite (Once Upon a Masterpiece #5) (Hardcover): $16.99
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.