Beethoven and the House of Lobkowicz
Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
This is the very first printed edition of instrumental parts for Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, known as the Eroica. The symphony was originally called “Bonaparte” and was intended to be dedicated to Napoleon. However, when Napoleon declared himself Emperor, a disillusioned Beethoven decided to rename the symphony and dedicate it to his life-long patron and music lover, Franz Joseph Maximilian, 7th Prince Lobkowicz (1772–1816).
The Beethoven Room
The musical treasures displayed in this exhibition offer a rare glimpse into the music-making and connoisseurship of the Lobkowicz family. Beginning with Ferdinand August, 3rd Prince Lobkowicz (1655–1715), each new generation has produced highly accomplished musical amateurs who studied and played themselves, while also commissioning new works and cultivating musical performances in private and public spheres.