The third piano concerto of Beethoven holds an important place among all piano concerti. Beethoven had given credit to Mozart's C Minor twenty fourth piano concerto as a major inspirational force for this C Minor Concerto. This concerto, as Eroica Symphony, broke away from the classic idiom of the first two piano concerti with its melodic force and solo bravura. The initial quiet theme that introduces the concerto arrests the listener with its shape and allows for plenty of elaborative scope. The use of the timpani in the cadenza is also unique. These are the few small things that made this concerto break away from the classical age into the Romantic era where Beethoven wrote the passages according to his dictates and not the limitations of the form and age.