Beethoven's only opera, it is the central work of his so-called "middle period"
Beethoven included the phrase "Like a fantasy" since it did not follow the traditional sonata form
His 5th and 6th symphonies were composed simultaneously and premiered on the same date.
Commissioned by Count Andreas Razumovsky
Epigraph on String Quartet, op. 135
Played by Desmond McNamara
1956 - inducted in 1990; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
1770-1827; considered the first Romantic composer
Op. 108, text by Robert Burns
1976; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Deutsche Grammophon, 2010
For piano, chorus and orchestra, op. 80, 1808
The third symphony, originally in honor of Napoleon, but when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven tore up the score.
Fidelio was first staged in Vienna, on Nov. 20, 1805.
An ode written in 1785 by the German poet and historian Friedrich Schiller, known especially for its musical setting by Beethoven in the fourth and final movement of his Ninth Symphony. [wikipedia]
The sixth symphony...the first hint of "program" music.