The fact of the composer life Beethoven
was when he wrote the Symphony over the space of some four years, beginning in
the spring of 1804, during the most productive period of his career. Although
the Fifth Symphony is considered one of Beethoven’s greatest musical works, at
the time of its premiere the composer’s contemporaries were still smitten with
his Third Symphony. Gradually, understanding of the piece grew as audiences
began to associate it with Beethoven’s life and musical style.
began composing the piece in 1804, though several other projects forced him to
postpone his writing. The Fifth Symphony premiered with the Sixth at
Beethoven’s “marathon” concert, and was dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz
and Count Andreas Rasumovsky. Musicians with inadequate practice time faltered
through the performance.
historical begin when Beethoven’s Fifth did not immediately become the world’s
(or even the composer’s) most famous symphony. During his lifetime, the Third,
the “Eroica,” was performed more often and the second movement of the
Seventh (movements were often heard separately) deemed “the crown of
instrumental music.” But over the course of the 19th century, the Fifth
gradually came to epitomize Beethoven’s life and musical style. It often
appeared at the inaugural concerts of new orchestras, such as when The
Philadelphia Orchestra first sounded in November 1900.
to the history of Symphony no. 5, a heroic life struggle is represented in the
progression of emotions, from the famous opening in C minor to the triumphant
C-major coda of the last movement some 40 minutes later. For Hector Berlioz,
the Fifth, more than the previous four symphonies, “emanates directly and
solely from the genius of Beethoven. It is his own intimate thought that is
developed; and his secret sorrows, his pent-up rage, his dreams so full of
melancholy oppression, his nocturnal visions and his bursts of enthusiasm furnish
its entire subject, while the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and orchestral forms
are there delineated with essential novelty and individuality, endowing them
also with considerable power and nobility.
song was be arrange using Sonata form with 1st movement of Allegro Con Brio
with means lively and fast with spirit (This resource focuses on this
movement). Next, Andante con moto the
meaning like At a walking pace but with movement. For the third movement was
Scherzo , Allegro A light, playful movement in triple time, performed lively
and fast and the last was Allegro, Lively and fast.
on my research and discussion , the main structure of sonata allegro form in
the first movement in details the opening the four note opening motif is one of
the most famous sounds in classical music. The clarinets and the strings are
all playing in unison. Time signature is 2/4 (2 beats per bar). The conductor
beats only one beat per bar as the tempo is fast. A Key Signature was C minor and
in Treble clef for higher sounding instruments. Bass clef for lower sounding
instruments and Alto clef used by violas only.
exposition in sonata form is the first section of the movement in which the
themes are introduced. There are usually two main themes in classical sonata
form but there can be less or more. For the theme one, The first beat of the
first bar is a quaver or ti rest followed by three quavers . The second bar is
a minim with a pause sign above. For the bridge, Heralds the arrival of the
second theme. Theme 1 is played fortissimo followed by minims tied together.
For a total of 26 beats and for the theme 2, Contrasts the first theme. The
dynamic is piano soft with the direction to play dolce sweetly. The theme has a
four bar melody with an even rhythm using crotchet beats.
development is where the composer plays around with the themes, making them
different by using a variety of compositional techniques including Changing the
mood, Changing tempo, adding dissonance (clashing sounds), using only parts of
the themes, using different combinations of instruments, changing the key from
major to minor, minor to major or moving to other major or minor keys, changing
rhythms such is doubling or halving the value of the notes, changing to a
dotted (uneven) rhythmic pattern and inverting the themes or changing the order
of the notes. Beethoven using the highlighted techniques in the development of
the allegro con brio. For the recapitulation of this song was when themes from
the exposition return in the original key.