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Beethoven for music of the time, and it’s

Beethoven was born in December
1770 in Bonn, Germany. When he was a child, Beethoven played the violin often
enjoying improvisation rather than reading the notes from a score. Beethoven
became a young composer when he started setting his idea on paper early 1782
which it is was set of nine variations for piano. He was set himself apart as a
musical maverick even at the age of 12- the music is in C minor, which is
unusual for music of the time, and it’s fiendishly difficult to play. Beethoven
started to go deaf around his aged just 25, but it was a wonder that he managed
to write any music at all. He using conversation books to communicate and
asking his friends to write down what they wanted to say so he could respond
it. Beethoven’s boozing and cause of death when he was once arrested for being
a tramp by an unsuspecting policeman who did not recognize him. After hisdeath
in 1827, his autopsy revealed a shrunken liver due to cirrhosis.

                It
is one of the greatest musical works by Beethoven. Gradually, understanding of
the piece grew as audiences began to associate it with Beethoven’s life and
musical style. The fifth Symphony picked up futher associations in the 20th
century. It is easy to account for both the popularity and the representative
status 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 his
career. The symphony was primiered later that year together with the Sixth at
Beethoven’s famous marathon concert at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien on December
22, The Symphony and the four-note opening motif in particular  are known worldwide with the motif appearing
frequently in popular culture, from disco versions to rock and roll cover to
uses in film and television. The symphony has four movements
which is Allegro con brio (lively and fast with spirit), andante con moto (at a
walking pace but with movement), scherzo : allegro (a light, playful movement
in triple time, performed lively and fast) and allegro (lively and fast). The
opening ‘fate’ motif on which all the following msic is based. Four notes were
followed by a pause with a held note in the orchestra. A second statement of
the four note ‘fate’ motif a tone lower followed by another longer held note in
the orchestra. The key signature C minor and time signature is two crochet
beats in a bar (2/4). The exposition of the themes are introduced and the
exposition is then repeated. The development of the themes are adjusted by
changing the key from D minor and then C major. The recapitulation of the
original themes return in the original key. Lastly the coda completes the
movement. The development is where the composer plays around with the themes,
making them different by using a variety of compositional techniques including
changing the mood, changing tempo, adding dissonance (clashing sounds), using
only parts of the themes and it using different combinations of
instruments.  Beethoven using the
highlighted techniques in the development of the Allegro con brio. The main
structure of Sonata Allegro form of the first movement is Allegro con brio.

The exposition
in sonata form is the first section of the movement in which the themes are
introduced. There are usually two main themes in classical sonata form but
there can be less or more. Theme 1 is the first beat of the first bar is a
quaver or ti rest followed by three quavers (ti). The second bar is a minim with
a pause sign above. Bridge was Heralds the arrival of the second theme. Theme 1
is 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 the
direction to play dolce (sweetly). The theme has a four bar melody with an even
rhythm using crotchet beats. Recapitulation is the themes from the exposition
return in the original key.