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Additionally, early writers noted thematic similarities between the and Beethoven's own ballet, (The Creatures of Prometheus) Op 43 as well as his Variations, Op 35 and 12 German Contradances WoO 14. They were able to guide us passage by passage through the parallels to be found in the music but never touched upon the deeper kinship between the and Prometheus. The distinguished Beethoven scholar William Kinderman, citing the work of Constantin Floros, has now proposed the possibility that the whole of the symphony is an allegory for the Promethus legend. That is to say, the Prometheus legend as portrayed in Beethoven's ballet.

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