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humor me, please answer: Why Beethoven's fifth?

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May 29, 2020 - 2:21:50 AM

Number Two

Canada

38 posts since 1/13/2014

good day folks,
During the 60's my parents purchased Beethoven's 9 Symphonies from Read%$# Dig^%$ (recorded in the USA by the way) and I made sure it got plenty of air time on our 33 and change record player. Round about the same time, Walt Disney aired a multi week special on Beethoven, and according to WD, Beethoven's creative juices were not flowing, and thus he had locked himself in a room with a grand piano. Then, someone had knocked on the door, no answer, then knocked louder, no answer and louder still with no answer... then.....bingo!...the fifth was created.  At least that's the way I remember it.

Of course, not making fun of Beethoven or anyone else for that matter, but perhaps have a laugh or two during this horrible Covid-19 lockdown.
 

Edited by - Number Two on 06/16/2020 04:39:19

May 29, 2020 - 3:36:30 AM
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KennyB

Canada

213 posts since 10/25/2007

I know how you feel.

The symphony could also have resulted from Ludwig consuming an entire bottle of schnapps, of a size later designated as a fifth, and later not admitting to how it was inspired, choosing instead to plead the fifth.
Maybe at the height of the schnapps consumption, he might have played the entire symphony on the fifth string, then edited it somewhat the next morning. I wouldn't admit to that either.

It's been a long spring. I'm still looking forward to St Patrick's day.

May 29, 2020 - 3:45:08 AM
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2708 posts since 4/29/2012

It's because the opening Boom-boom-boom-boom is the Morse for V, i.e Roman 5.








Which would be a great story if it didn't pre-date Morse code.

May 29, 2020 - 3:53:48 AM

KennyB

Canada

213 posts since 10/25/2007

It has been said that the greatness of a work, in art, literature, music, etc. can be measured by the subsequent works it inspires. In this case the Morse, or Roman V may have been inspired by Beethoven, thereby enhancing his greatness.

May 29, 2020 - 11:02:29 AM
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May 29, 2020 - 12:13:07 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

4647 posts since 1/5/2005

It became famous enough to make it banjo land:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUlRdlH3AY0

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