This is true shapeless. I tried to find a reason why your wife would not find Beethoven's 'eroica' heroic. However, far be it from me to judge a musical composition by its historical context. Art is timeless by definition.
Is this counterintuitive to what I just posted? No, not necessarily. In order to appreciate
a certain piece of art, it's not necessary at all to know its historical context. You can just look at the 'ding an sich
', so to speak, and not relate to its history at all. Certainly, this is how I enjoy most of the classical compositions I listen to (and those are few... I am a victim of the pop - era
However, in order to fully appreciate
a work of art, it's necessary indeed to understand
the creator's motivation and inspiration, and that, unavoivably, leads to looking at the original historical context.
Does this clarify my two cents?