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By Philippe A. Autexier

A biography of the good composer retraces Beethoven's outstanding existence, from his early years as a baby prodigy, via his unexpected deafness at age twenty-six and preliminary contemplation of suicide, to his artistic accomplishments past. unique.

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The program was so lengthy it Schikaneder was a talented actor and a colorful personality. — would not be given in its totality that at two all the players were exhausted, yet they remained dissatisfied with the results. Prince Lichnowsky helped them recover their spirits by having baskets full of bread, butter, cold meats, and wine brought in; then indeed, Emanuel half past he requested they rehearse the oratorio once more. Eroica (opposite) Fidelio, the Symphony, the Violin Concerto in Symphony.

The date was set for 5 April 1803. The program included the two symphonies, the very new Piano Concerto no. 3 in C Minor, and various vocal works. Hastily, he also wrote a short oratorio, The Mount of Olives, which was meant to show off his ability for the forthcoming opera. The morning of the concert, the general rehearsal started at eight o'clock. The program was so lengthy it Schikaneder was a talented actor and a colorful personality. — would not be given in its totality that at two all the players were exhausted, yet they remained dissatisfied with the results.

Symphony was of autumn, its demo- In August 1804 the finished. But at the end when Lichnowsky and his and pupil Ferdinand Ries told him that Napoleon was going to have himself crowned emperor of the French, he cried out, "Then he is nothing but an ordinary man! " Thereupon he scratched out Bonaparte's name on the title page of his manuscript. The Third Symphony Proved "Imperial" in Stature, Though Not in The style that Name had been evolving Napoleon in the works of the ten years culminated in this masterful work.

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