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This symphony represents triumph over
adversity. This was Beethoven’s’ first symphony in a minor key. Although he was
working on other pieces as well, Symphony No.5 had the preference and was premiered
at a famous concert on December 22, 1808. This symphony became popular and is
now commonly used at inaugural concerts of new orchestras. In addition, it also
became associated with the victory during WWII. Gradually, Beethoven was
suffering from hearing loss and he once stated that he would “seize fate by the
throat; it shall not bend or crush me completely”, hence that was what he did.

For this reason, the symphony is remarkable
because of the compelling energy from the first four notes. Naturally, the
rhythm alone drives the movement incessantly. Importantly, here Beethoven
incorporated two alternate themes in the unexpected key of A-flat major which gives
us 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 the
energetic trio in the bass parts. Altogether, the music then returns quietly
and fragmented. Then near the end, we can hear a long and mysterious crescendo
which leads directly to the triumphant C march which will conclude the
symphony. Throughout this symphony, we can feel the progression of emotions starting
from the opening of the symphony in C minor to its triumphant ending in the C-major

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I heard the Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.
67- I. Allegro con brio, II. Andante
con moto, III. Allegro and IV. Finale: Allegro-Presto. I
personally preferred II. Andante con moto because of its slow crescendo. This
slow tempo made me feel more soothing which I really enjoyed. At the beginning
of 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 suspense
along with a sense of pride. IV: Allegro-Presto was the piece that provided an
extraordinary sense of triumph and pride along with a more happier tone than
all of them. 

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