Symphony No. 5

Classical symphony from 1808

Description

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.

Year 1808
Opening Night 1808
Time Period Classical
Opus Op. 67
Key C Minor
Instrumentation Symphony orchestra

Scores

Videos

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Albums

Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1
LSO Live
The Yellow Guide To Classical Music
Deutsche Grammophon
The Complete Symphonies
Hänssler Classic
Otto Klemperer: The Vox Recordings
Musical Concepts
Classical Spots
Abaco Music
Power Classics, Vol. 3
Rainbow Media OMP
Between The Sky and The Earth
Baltic Records Group
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Warner Music
Beethoven: Overtures; Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Bomba-Piter (Manchester)
Carl Schurict Collection II (CD 2)
Hänssler Classic
50 Masterworks
Deutsche Grammophon
Discoveries
Deutsche Grammophon
Beethoven
Deutsche Grammophon
Best of Stuttgart Sound
Hänssler Classic
Essential Beethoven
Warner Music
100 Best Tunes (CD 1-5)
Warner Music
Best Beethoven 100 (CD 1-5)
Warner Music
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Hänssler Classic
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Schubert: Symphony No. 8
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Discoveries
Deutsche Grammophon
Symphonies Nos.5 & 7
Deutsche Grammophon
Igor Markevitch Conducts Beethoven & Wagner
Living Stage / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Ideals of the French Revolution
Groupe Analekta, Inc.
Beethoven: Sinfonía No. 5 en Do Menor Opus 67 "Del Destino"
DyD Producciones Fonográficas
Classical Orchestra
Owl Records OMP
A New Statement in Classical Music
Arts Productions Ltd.
Music for the Moment: Coffee Break Classics
Arts Productions Ltd.