The premier performance of Beethoven’s symphony number 3 (Eroica) took place in Vienna on this day, April 7, 1805. This amazing composition forever changed the character of Classical music. The times of Haydn and Mozart during which music was all about style, beauty, and loveliness had ended.
Beethoven introduced more passion, more emotion, shorter phrases, and more crescendo to change future music for ever.
So… I give some thought today to the past 211 years, and I am grateful to Ludwig van Beethoven for his immense contributions.
Listen now to Maris Jansons leading a performance of the Eroica Symphony: