||Second movement, Allegretto, in A minor. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, named "The Apotheosis of Dance" by Richard Wagner (apotheosis being the exaltation of a subject to a divine level), was begun in 1809 and was finalized in the summer of 1812. The first performance of this symphony occurred on December 18, 1813, at a concert for the benefit of Austrian and Bavarian soldiers disabled at the battle of Hanau during the War of the Sixth Coalition (the multinational consortium which eventually defeated France and drove Napoleon into exile on the island of Elba, leading to the restoration of the French monarchy under the Bourbons). Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as "one of my best works." Described by some commentators as "reflecting Beethoven's unparalleled wisdom." Others have suggested that the piece instead established that its composer was "ripe for the madhouse." Seems like one can never please everyone, don't it?