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Admiration Gone Away

Beethoven greatly admired Napoleon, at first. He saw him as a man of the people who had risen to power and fame. So when he was asked to compose some music for Napoleon he gladly agreed. He composed for him his Third Symphony, working five years on it. On the title page he wrote two names. At the top he put Bonaparte. At the bottom he put his own name. But Beethoven became disillusioned with Napoleon. Beethoven loved freedom and democratic ideals. When the Napoleon he had once admired proved himself unworthy, Beethoven tore up the title page of the symphony and wrote a new one. It said, "Heroic Symphony composed in memory of a great man."