"Fifth Symphony in C minor" Introduction (02:14)
Beethoven's work continues to be glorified today, but musicologist Wulf Konold explains that it had a polarizing effect during his time.
"Fifth Symphony" Premier (01:49)
Beethoven conducted his work in Vienna in 1808. Despite audience complaints of a long program, it became popular.
"Fate" Symphony (01:18)
Learn how the early 19th century literary struggle between fate and self-determination was interpreted in Beethoven's work—beginning with the first motif.
Allegro Con Brio Movement (02:19)
Konold discusses Beethoven’s unconventional opening four-note motto that repeated throughout the first part of the "Fifth Symphony."
After a development, the first movement returns to the main motto. A sudden adagio phrase represents Beethoven's resistance against fate.
Beethoven's Biography (02:41)
Born in Bonn in 1776, Ludwig was a child prodigy. He established his career in Vienna in 1801, but soon began losing his hearing—affecting his outlook on life and creativity.
Andante Movement (02:16)
Konold introduces the theme's double structure and variations. Tone color changes and a C major section help transition the symphony.
Individualist Composer (02:04)
Beethoven's variation skills are present in the Andante. Konold discusses how his deafness and perfectionism contributed to radical musical ideas.
Political Expression (01:35)
Beethoven was inspired by French Revolution ideals of freedom and equality. Learn how he used compositions to make statements about his beliefs.
Allegro Scherzo Movement (03:28)
Konold identifies two motifs in Beethoven's third section. Learn how he combined the third and fourth movements—unusual at the time.
Allegro Movement (02:10)
Learn how Beethoven's transition to C major in the "Fifth Symphony" finale references the French Revolution.
Humanist "Fifth Symphony" (02:22)
Before recapitulation, Beethoven repeats the Scherzo fanfare into the final movement. Konold discusses his romantic pathos and legacy.
Credits: Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Beethoven (Documentary) (00:38)
Credits: Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Beethoven (Documentary)
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