Premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

DEC 8 1813 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, was premiered with Beethoven himself conducting at the University of Vienna, a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. Beethoven addressed the participants with the words: “We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us.” Op. 91, Wellington’s Victory was also performed at this concert. PIC Horace Vernet’s painting “Battle of Hanau”