Beethoven and one of his most famous contemporary french composer : here is the topic of these programmes particularly linked to the image of Napoléon Bonaparte.
François-Xavier ROTH speaks about the link between BEETHOVEN & FRANCE
Between fascination and hate, two composers of the early 19th century are inspired by the impressive person of Napoléon Premier :
• Méhul, whose the Messe pour le Sacre de Napoléon 1er will be rejected in favor of the piece of Paisello
• Beethoven, whose enthusiasm for the figure of Bonaparte and the egalitarian dream that the savior of the French Revolution seems to embody, is soon sickened by the proclamation of the coronation of Napoléon. His Symphony No. 3 originally dedicated to Napoleon will finally take the title of Heroic Symphony to celebrate the memory of a great man.