Which Beethoven Masterpiece Is Your Soul Song?

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Steven Miller

6 Min Quiz

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Ludwig van Beethoven gave the world many of the more recognizable melodies and orchestrations in history. Beyond the music, his personal story is just as gripping, reflecting the idealistic dreamer and tortured genius that he truly was. 

His work covers a wide range of emotion and can reflect an equally wide range of personalities and characteristics. Let's find out the tune that is sure to be in your head and resonating in your soul when we're done.

If you're a hard-working and idealistic individual who has a profound belief in democracy and the rights of the individual, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the "Eroica," seems like it might just be meant for you. Even though he initially dedicated it to Napoleon Bonaparte, the maestro later crossed out the dedication violently from the page after finding out that Napoleon had named himself emperor. For Beethoven, this was a betrayal of the promise of democracy and freedom that the French Revolution had represented. Perhaps you too have been let down by those you once greatly admired as well.

Instead, maybe you feel like an opportunity is knocking at your door, that the fates are bringing a major shift in your life's path. If that's a theme that resonates with you, then perhaps Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is more your style. Should you feel that things are becoming increasingly more dramatic in your life, then it seems clear that this work is sure to resonate deeply with your soul.

The conductor has taken the podium, and a hush comes over the crowd. What notes will ring out in the concert hall for you tonight?

Would you say that you're currently following your calling in life?

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Are you an intense person?

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How much drama is there in your life?

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Do you think your life will radically change in the next year?

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What pace do you tend to move at in life?

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How would you describe your love life?

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Besides Beethoven, which of the following composers do you like the most?

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How deep are you?

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Are you more introverted or extroverted?

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Would you say that you're moody?

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Would you consider yourself to be an outdoorsy person?

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How many close friends do you have?

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What time of the day are you at your best?

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Of the following, which instrument do you enjoy the sound of the most?

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Do you prefer things to be exciting or peaceful?

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How much suffering have you endured in your life?

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Would you consider yourself to be more of an optimist or a pessimist?

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When faced with a difficult moment, how are you most likely to handle it?

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In general, are you happy with your life right now?

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Have you ever been a member of a choir?

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Which vocal part do you prefer the sound of?

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Which word would you use to best summarize the life of Beethoven?

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Would you consider yourself to be an idealistic person?

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How hard of a worker are you?

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Have you ever been hugely disappointed by someone you really admired?

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Would you say that you've exceeded people's expectations of you?

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Do you tend to go with the flow or overcome things through sheer will power?

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Would you consider yourself to be heroic in some way?

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How long is your attention span?

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How much of Beethoven's music have you listened to?

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