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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.

Saturday, January 12, 2013
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