Along with Eusebius, an alter-ego for the composer Robert Schumann.

No, he wasn't bonkers. At least, not any more than the rest of those Romantic composers were.

No kidding!

Florestan is the male lead character in the only Beethoven opera Fidelio, which was originally titled Leonora. Leonora disguises herself as a boy (!) to get into a prison to rescue her husband. Rewritten about a zillion times over a decade, the opera is seldom heard but the three (different) Leonora overtures are.

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