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Born not long after Wollstonecraft, Beethoven was also an important bridge between Classicalism and Romanticism. He played his first symphony in 1800, three years after Wollstonecraft died, and suffered profound hearing loss just one year later.
Infatuated with the Romantic ideals of the French revolution, Wollstonecraft moved to Paris in 1792, just three years after the storming of the Bastille. This music evokes that era, with its sentiments of liberté, egalité and décapitation.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was Wollstonecraft's contemporary. Born just three years before her in 1756, Wolfgang died six years before her in 1791. Sure, they were separated by the English Channel and half of Western Europe, but they both were trailblazers in their fields.
Vaughan Williams was an English composer of the early twentieth century. He was inspired by the English Romantic poets, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, who married Wollstonecraft's daughter Mary. He wrote a symphony movement inspired by Shelley's poem "Prometheus Unbound."