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Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Mythology at the hands of a musical giant.

Prometheus is celebrated throughout literature and mythology. He is known as the “patron of civilization.” His name has been turned into the adjective “promethean,” which refers to people of great creativity or intellect. And the famed fictional scientist Frankenstein’s monster is known as the “modern Prometheus.” So, what’d Prometheus do to earn all this? He stole something—but he was no common thief! Prometheus stole fire from the Gods of Mount Olympus and BROUGHT FIRE TO MANKIND. As the story goes, Zeus did not want people to learn the secrets of civilization from the Gods. But Prometheus took pity on the mortals who suffered through the cold nights without fire. Zeus could not take back Prometheus’s GIFT OF FIRE, but instead sentenced Prometheus to eternal torture, and punished humanity by sending evil into the world from Pandora’s Box.

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): The Creatures of Prometheus: Finale
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe Des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), op.43--Complete Ballet (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): The Creatures of Prometheus: Finale
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe Des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), op.43--Complete Ballet (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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