Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Episode 3

Donald Macleod investigates the story behind Eroica, Beethoven's tribute to Napoleon, and its deleted dedication.

It's the most famous musical tribute to Napoleon ever composed, yet no one is quite sure why and when Beethoven decided to remove the association of the Emperor from his 'heroic' symphony. Donald Macleod explores the evidence, and introduces rarely heard music from the man who might well have suggested the idea to Beethoven in the first place.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Trad.

    The Grand Conversation on Napoleon

    Performer: Gordon Hall (singer)

    • VETERAN TAPES:VT131.
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer

    Ouverture

    Performer: Orchestre d’Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix de Paris, Performer: Claude Pichaureau (conductor)


    • MUSIFRANCE: 2292450052.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no.3 Eroica

    Performer: Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Performer: John Eliot Gardiner

    • Archiv:4778643.
    • 3.
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer

    Ouverture

    Performer: Orchestre d’Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix de Paris, Performer: Claude Pichaureau (conductor)


    • MUSIFRANCE: 2292450052.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no.3 Eroica

    Performer: Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Performer: John Eliot Gardiner

    • Archiv:4778643.
    • 3.

Broadcasts

Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

The production team reflects on 5 of Donald Macleod’s best stories from the last 20 years

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

The composer of Jerusalem was very far from the conservative figure his image suggests.

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

What is the strange power of Jerusalem which makes strong men weep?

Composer Help Page

Composer Help Page

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.