This program illuminates how Beethoven's genius shifted over the course of his life as he matured and developed a personal awareness. Early in life, the virtuoso pianist performed for nobility, but as his social consciousness developed, a resentment of what he felt was entertainment for the aristocratic population grew. His focus shifted to more philosophically and politically themed compositions. Inspired by a deep admiration for Napoleon, Beethoven composed works that expressed moods influenced by his appreciation of revolutionary leaders, his dedication to mankind, and his celebration of the wonders of nature. Performances of some his greatest music, like" Moonilght Sonata" and "Ode to Joy," accompany the contextual explanation of the compositions. Misfortune in romance and health, coupled with his growing deafness contributed to Beethoven's inclination to a somewhat reclusive existence in his later years, but did little to quell his artistic genius.