Here’s a strange work by Ludwig van Beethoven, written to commemorate a victory in battle by the Duke of Wellington. The piece is viewed as one of Beethoven’s lesser works, and probably rightly so. Even Beethoven himself admitted as much, saying “What I shit is better than anything you come up with!” Still, it’s worth a fun listen once in a while. It’s basically a potboiler of a piece. Here’s Wellington’s Victory.
Of course, this type of thing would be done a lot more convincingly decades later by Tchaikovsky in the 1812 Overture….