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Mozart's Attic: Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 Eroica

 Napoleon Crossing the Alps-Jacques-Louis David-1805
A constantly renewed struggle: Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 had originally been dedicated to Napoleon.

The Eroica was the first of the so-called Great Symphonies of Beethoven, the one that changed all the rules by adding drama to the craftsmanship that had hitherto been the hallmark of great music.

This doesn’t mean that everyone liked it. It took some time for the audiences of the day to become accustomed to this noisy young fellow in their midst.

Now, two centuries later, the Eroica remains impressive, and we’ll hear it as this week’s featured work.

Sunday June 11th at 6:00 p.m. on WFIT 89.5 FM, streaming at WFIT.org, or ask your smart speaker to play WFIT.

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)