Symphony No. 7
Although Beethoven was one of the most recognized composers of his time, he was not always the most popular or beloved. His 7th symphony however, was welcomed by Viennese audiences at its premiere on December 8, 1813, with Beethoven conducting. Audiences noted its energy, beauty and hopefulness of a victory over Napoleon. Dedicated to both Count Moritz von Fries and Russian Empress Elisabeth Aleksiev, it was performed three times in the 10 weeks following its successful premiere.