Beethoven greatly admired Napoleon, at first. He saw him as a man of the people
who had risen to power and fame. So when he was asked to compose some music for
Napoleon he gladly agreed. He composed for him his Third Symphony, working five
years on it. On the title page he wrote two names. At the top he put Bonaparte.
At the bottom he put his own name. But Beethoven became disillusioned with
Napoleon. Beethoven loved freedom and democratic ideals. When the Napoleon he had
once admired proved himself unworthy, Beethoven tore up the title page of the
symphony and wrote a new one. It said, “Heroic Symphony composed in memory
of a great man.”

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Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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