Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5

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The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written between 1804–1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies. First performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as "one of the most important works of the time". The symphony consists of four movements. The first movement is Allegro con brio; the second movement is Andante con moto; the third movement is a Scherzo Allegro; the fourth movement is Allegro. It begins by stating a distinctive four-note "short-short-short-long" motif twice: ( listen ) The symphony, and the four-note opening motif in particular, are known worldwide, with the motif appearing frequently in popular culture, from disco versions to rock and roll covers, to uses in film and television. Since the Second World War it has sometimes been referred to as the "Victory Symphony". "V" is the Roman character for the number five; the phrase "V for Victory" became well known as a campaign of the Allies of World War II. That Beethoven's Victory Symphony happened to be his Fifth (or vice versa) is coincidence. Some thirty years after this piece was written, the rhythm of the opening phrase – "dit-dit-dit-dah" – was used for the letter "V" in Morse code, though this is probably also coincidental. The BBC, during World War Two, prefaced its broadcasts to Europe with those four notes, played on drums.

Albums

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Simply the Best
Profil
The Symphonies and Overtures (CD 3)
Nimbus
Surround Yourself with Ludwig van Beethoven
Nimbus
The Symphonies 1-9 (The Hanover Band on Original Instruments), (CD 3)
Nimbus
Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
Telarc
The Best of Beethoven
Telarc
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Egmont Overture
Telarc
Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1
LSO Live
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5
Chandos
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 -10 | Overtures: Prometheus and Coriolan
Chandos
Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, and 5
Deutsche Grammophon
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Overture "Leonore II"/Lutoslawski: Symphony No.4
Deutsche Grammophon
Symphony Nos. 5 & 7
Deutsche Grammophon
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies; Overtures
Deutsche Grammophon
Symphonies 4, 5 & 9 (CD 1)
Forlane CI
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (Beethoven's Fifth), Leonore III, Op. 72a
Forlane CI
Klemperer: Beethoven, Symphony No. 5; Liszt, Totentanz; Wagner, Die Meistersinger
Archipel Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd
Symphonies 1-10
Chandos
Beethoven: Symphonies No. 3, 5, 6, 7; Overtures (CD 2)
Artemis-Vanguard
Beethoven:Symphonies 5 & 7
Warner Music

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