Beetoven's Symphony #5   Allegro con brio

They are the most recognizable four notes in all of music.

But what do they mean?

"Fate knocking at the door," some, familiar with the legend of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, will answer.

In 1803, Beethoven declared, "I am not satisfied with what I have composed up to now. From now on I intend to embark on a new path." Four years later, the new direction of Beethoven's artistic pursuits would be made manifest in resounding fashion in the sea-parting Fifth.

The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written 1804-1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies.

Listen to Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven - Listening Library - The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, analysis by Gerard Schwarz (part 1) | Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 | Khan Academy
Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven) - Wikipedia

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