Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Symphony No. 5, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is arguably the most famous and recognizable classical composition in all classical music to date. Beethoven's other famous pieces, included Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata, were piano sheet music.
Though its composition was interrupted for other compositions.  It was finally completed and performed along with the sixth symphony in 1807-1808. Although most noted today, the first performance was plagued by mistakes and cold weather, and so ironically did not receive widespread critical acclaim.


The symphony is comprised of four movements: an opening part of sonata; a second movement consists of an andante; and a third movement of fast scherzo which leads final attacca. Beethoven has been quoted as pointing to the opening movement and saying, thus fate knocks on the door, which both gives the work its fate motif, and an incite into the composers intended meaning for the composition. This motif is repeated throughout the composition through a four note sequence, and thus unifying it. The key of C minor, was regarded by Beethoven as having a stormy, heroic tonality, further adding enlightenment and harmony to the composition.
 Beethoven Fifth Symphony