Biography Of Ludwig Van Beethoven 's Symphony

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Ludwig Van Beethoven was a prolific musician of the 18th Century who, in all his time, composed nine symphonies, one opera, five piano concertos, thirty-two piano sonatas, and many other string quartets and hundreds of songs . Throughout this essay I shall be focusing on the symphony that after four years of hard work and plenty alterations , was brought to life and to this day is probably one of the best-known classical pieces: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. This piece contains great examples of music genius throughout all of the twelve instruments used and from this I shall be providing an analysis of each of the symphony’s four movements including strong focus on the ‘harmony’, ‘form’ and ‘motivic development’ within the whole piece.
The First Movement within Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is constructed in a Sonata Form, using a ■(2@4) meter with a tempo of “Allegro con brio” (meaning fast with spirit). The first subject begins with the Clarinet and Strings playing three quaver notes on G followed by a lower sustained minim on E-flat, that represents the home key of the whole piece. This little four-note theme becomes the essential anchor of the entire composition and is the foundation on which the symphony was built. The four-note sequence has become something of a prodigy, with Beethoven describing it himself as “Fate knocking at the door” . This conspiracy of the “fate” motif has remained popular since - with belief that the Morse code for the letter ‘V’ was three short…
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