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Saturday, April 6, 2019 Permalink

The Eroica Connection


They’re called the “Eroica Variations,” because Beethoven uses the same melody heard in the finale of his third Symphony, the “Eroica.”

But in fact, the piano variations were written two years before the Symphony.  And two years before the variations, he had used the same theme in two other works.

In this hour, how Beethoven recycled this material as he worked to develop his signature style.


Title Group/Artist Catalog Number UPC
Beethoven Piano Works Vol. 6 Gilels     DG 453 733-2 028945373324
Symphony No. 3, etc. Helsingborg Symphony Harmonia Mundi HMU 807470 09304674706
Symphony No. 3 Chamber Orch. of Europe Teldec 2292-46452-2 022924645228

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