Hero or Tyrant: Connecting Beethoven’s Third Symphony to Napoleon, Part One

The second and third movements of the Eroica, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, provides listeners with an opportunity to connect to French Revolution and to Napoleon Bonaparte. As they listen to the music, individuals draw what their ears see, record words or images the music evokes, and identify the instruments Beethoven used to create responses from his audience.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask those class members familiar with the work and its history to withhold their comments in the initial discussion and then invite them to share their knowledge during the final conversations
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource assumes that listeners are unfamiliar with the work and its relationship to the French Revolution and Napolen
Pros

  • The 10-page resource includes an overview of the lesson, step-by-step plans, activities, images, assessment suggestions, and links to related resources
Cons

  • None