You’ve heard of Beethoven, I hope. Maybe you’ve been forced to play one of this genius works by your scary piano teacher who pounded fingerings into your head until numbers meant nothing to you anymore (just me?). Well, when he wrote his third sympathy, he (like all of you) was a Napoleon fan, and dedicated his Eroica (meaning “Hero”) to the hopelessly attractive leader.
However, when he found out that Nappy was playing big boy games with imperialism, he renamed the symphony “Sinfonia Eroica, composta per festeggiare il Sovvenire di un grand’Uomo”, or, “composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.”
Ouch, that really hurts.
But hey, Napoleon conquered Europe. All Beethoven ever conquered was the time and patience of piano students around the world.