Beethoven, symphony NO. 5, composed between 1804-1808 in Vienna, Austria.
Beethoven is one of the worlds most famous composers. He wrote 16 string quartets, 9 symphonies and 32 piano sonatas, which majority of them are still played today.
This world famous composer started writing songs at a very young age. He gave his first performance at age 7 ½ at the Cologen. At age 12 Beethoven published his first work, 9 variations in C Minor for piano on a march by Earnest Christoph Dressler. In 1787, Beethoven was sent to Vienna to meet Mozart, and to further his musical education. From this time on Beethoven because very popular. He took many trips to Vienna to play for Prince Elector and learning new strategies for music.
During this time his music was considered to be strange, overly extravagant and sometimes risque. He was a new and young composure that was already pushing the boundaries of music. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is a great example of the change in music that happened during the Classical Era.
In 1796, Beethoven started to loose his hearing. Around 1811 he became totally deaf. He contemplated suicide for a while because he couldn’t handle the thought of living without composing music. However, he decided against it and continued to compose. He continued to compose music but he never preformed again after his failed attempt to preform his own Piano Concerto NO. 5 (the Emperor). He died in 1827 from the flue.
“Beethoven was born only six years before the American Revolution and nineteen years before the French. All of Europe was in ferment, shedding a system of aristocratic government, replacing the authority of the nobility with the powerful economic clout of a rising middle class. Democratic ideals were in the air. Beethoven himself wholeheartedly subscribed to that, believing that Napoleon had come to liberate Europe. On arriving in Vienna, Napoleon’s forces bombed the city heavily, and a shaken Beethoven changed his mind (pianonose.com). Because of this Beethoven wrote music that was a major change to the Classical era. He wrote music that was was unusual, hard to repeat but easy to follow. Because of this, there was a liking of his music among the middle class.
Symphony NO. 5 really caught my attention because it has a fast tempo, exciting feel, very dramatic and it keeps me guessing to what piece is going to happen next. It starts out fast, then slow, then it takes you on some twist and turns. I also really like the fast that Beethoven continued to compose music after he became deaf. This impairment stop him from doing what he loved to do. He thought about committing suicide but didn’t because he held on to his hope of hearing again. Even after he realized that he would never hear again he still decided that he can continue writing and enjoy life through his music, even if he can’t hear it being played.