Analysis Of Beethoven Symphony 5

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Ludwig van Beethoven, an innovative German virtuoso pianist, was born on December 17th, 1770 in Bonn, Germany and passed away in Vienna, Austria on March 26th, 1827 at 56 years-old. Among Beethoven’s 9 symphonies, his Fifth in C minor is one of the most significant pieces in Classical music history and demonstrates an outstanding piece of musical work that has been performed for several years as one of Beethoven’s most famous symphonies. Symphony No. 5 was composed between 1804 and 1807 during the same time as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (better known as the “heroic” symphony) and was first performed on December 22nd, 1808. His first performance occurred seven years after Beethoven’s hearing deficiency was found in June 1801. Symphony No. 5 remains highly significant in the history of classical music because this piece played an essential role during the transition between the Classical and Romantic periods of music during the Enlightenment period, resulting in a major influence on society.

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His music is broken down into three periods: The Early Years (1770-1802), The “Heroic” Period (1803-1813), and The Final Years (1814-1827). Along with four additional symphonies, Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 5 were published during this “middle” period. These works were longer, were more complex than symphonies created by Mozart and Haydn, and the themes within the symphonies were typically repeated. During this period, one of the most critical current events of the time concerned Beethoven’s dedication of Symphony No. 3 (the “heroic” symphony) to Napoleon while Austria and the German states were fighting in a war with France. In Napoleon’s honor, Beethoven wrote “intitolata Bonaparte” on the title page of the symphony. However, when Beethoven became aware that Napoleon became emperor of France, he became enraged and erased Napoleon’s name from the original title page of the

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