But Prometheus persevered, and in the ballet he and his human creations triumph in a celebration of dance with the gods on Olympus. The music Beethoven composed for that glorious ending became a source of recurring inspiration for him. He returned to it again and again during this period of crisis. The Moscow sketchbook supplies the missing link in the compositional chain, and shows how the music of the entire Eroica Symphony grew out of Beethoven's beloved Prometheus-theme.
So forget everything you thought you knew about Beethoven, his Third Symphony, and Napoleon. As is frequently the case, the truth is infinitely richer and more satisfying. Head on over to All Things Beethoven and give it a look. If you like Beethoven, I trust you will not be disappointed.