This symphony represents triumph overadversity. This was Beethoven’s’ first symphony in a minor key. Although he wasworking on other pieces as well, Symphony No.5 had the preference and was premieredat a famous concert on December 22, 1808. This symphony became popular and isnow commonly used at inaugural concerts of new orchestras.
In addition, it alsobecame associated with the victory during WWII. Gradually, Beethoven wassuffering from hearing loss and he once stated that he would “seize fate by thethroat; it shall not bend or crush me completely”, hence that was what he did.For this reason, the symphony is remarkablebecause of the compelling energy from the first four notes.
Naturally, therhythm alone drives the movement incessantly. Importantly, here Beethovenincorporated two alternate themes in the unexpected key of A-flat major which givesus a sense fear, while the second theme is hammered out by trumpets and drums. Henceforth,the last movement is a scherzo in a minor key and here we can hear theenergetic trio in the bass parts. Altogether, the music then returns quietlyand fragmented. Then near the end, we can hear a long and mysterious crescendowhich leads directly to the triumphant C march which will conclude thesymphony.
Throughout this symphony, we can feel the progression of emotions startingfrom the opening of the symphony in C minor to its triumphant ending in the C-majorcoda. I heard the Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.67- I.
Allegro con brio, II. Andantecon moto, III. Allegro and IV. Finale: Allegro-Presto. Ipersonally preferred II. Andante con moto because of its slow crescendo.
Thisslow tempo made me feel more soothing which I really enjoyed. At the beginningof the first piece I. Allegro con brio it gave me a sense of suspense and fear,while III. Allegro seemed a bit happier it still provides a little suspensealong with a sense of pride.
IV: Allegro-Presto was the piece that provided anextraordinary sense of triumph and pride along with a more happier tone thanall of them.