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WSO season opens with 'The 3 Giants' of classical music

October 3, 2013
By AMANDA ALEXANDER ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

In his explanation of the season opener for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, which follows the theme of "Tales," Maestro Gerardo Edelstein fittingly began with the dramatic story behind Beethoven's "Eroica." Beethoven had dedicated the piece to Napoleon Bonaparte, but by the time he had finished composing the work Bonaparte had declared himself emperor of France and Beethoven had lost his esteem for the leader. He ripped out the first page of the symphony, which contained the dedication, and renamed it "Eroica," or "the heroic."



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