Beethoven was born in December1770 in Bonn, Germany.
When he was a child, Beethoven played the violin oftenenjoying improvisation rather than reading the notes from a score. Beethovenbecame a young composer when he started setting his idea on paper early 1782which it is was set of nine variations for piano. He was set himself apart as amusical maverick even at the age of 12- the music is in C minor, which isunusual for music of the time, and it’s fiendishly difficult to play.
Beethovenstarted to go deaf around his aged just 25, but it was a wonder that he managedto write any music at all. He using conversation books to communicate andasking his friends to write down what they wanted to say so he could respondit. Beethoven’s boozing and cause of death when he was once arrested for beinga tramp by an unsuspecting policeman who did not recognize him. After hisdeathin 1827, his autopsy revealed a shrunken liver due to cirrhosis. Itis one of the greatest musical works by Beethoven. Gradually, understanding ofthe piece grew as audiences began to associate it with Beethoven’s life andmusical style.
The fifth Symphony picked up futher associations in the 20thcentury. It is easy to account for both the popularity and the representativestatus of the Fifth. He wrote the Symphony over the space of some four years,beginning in the Spring of 1804, during the most productive period of hiscareer. The symphony was primiered later that year together with the Sixth atBeethoven’s famous marathon concert at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien on December22, The Symphony and the four-note opening motif in particular are known worldwide with the motif appearingfrequently in popular culture, from disco versions to rock and roll cover touses in film and television. The symphony has four movementswhich is Allegro con brio (lively and fast with spirit), andante con moto (at awalking pace but with movement), scherzo : allegro (a light, playful movementin triple time, performed lively and fast) and allegro (lively and fast). Theopening ‘fate’ motif on which all the following msic is based. Four notes werefollowed by a pause with a held note in the orchestra. A second statement ofthe four note ‘fate’ motif a tone lower followed by another longer held note inthe orchestra.
The key signature C minor and time signature is two crochetbeats in a bar (2/4). The exposition of the themes are introduced and theexposition is then repeated. The development of the themes are adjusted bychanging the key from D minor and then C major.
The recapitulation of theoriginal themes return in the original key. Lastly the coda completes themovement. The development is where the composer plays around with the themes,making them different by using a variety of compositional techniques includingchanging the mood, changing tempo, adding dissonance (clashing sounds), usingonly parts of the themes and it using different combinations ofinstruments. Beethoven using thehighlighted techniques in the development of the Allegro con brio. The mainstructure of Sonata Allegro form of the first movement is Allegro con brio.The expositionin sonata form is the first section of the movement in which the themes areintroduced. There are usually two main themes in classical sonata form butthere can be less or more. Theme 1 is the first beat of the first bar is aquaver or ti rest followed by three quavers (ti).
The second bar is a minim witha pause sign above. Bridge was Heralds the arrival of the second theme. Theme 1is played fortissimo followed by minims tied together for a total of 26 beats.Theme 2 was contrasts the first theme. The dynamic is piano (soft) with thedirection to play dolce (sweetly). The theme has a four bar melody with an evenrhythm using crotchet beats.
Recapitulation is the themes from the expositionreturn in the original key.