Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is the most authentic celebration of human life, the whim of destiny, and penetration of versatile music into the subtility of one’s sensations. The diversity of composer’s brilliance made it possible for the C minor Symphony summon the deepest associations in human heart and appeal to the most intimate feelings.

I find it appropriate to compare Beethoven’s Symphony to the course of human life with all the twists and turns it can offer in return for one’s energy and passionate devotion. The music piece with its wild mode of proceeding reminds of the irregular and unpredictable events that take place in life. The very symphony is a getaway for music to ally into the world of emotions, releasing and setting itself free among thousands of lives and melodies to be created someday.

What is truly astonishing about the music piece is the way emotions are expressed in the most direct manner accompanied by the reinforcement of energy. Such enforcement inspires to live every moment with dignity and virtues of existence. Beethoven inserts long holding notes for creating the effect of a striking thunder. The associations are connected with versatility of human life and unexpected events that come as a blow of fate (Grove 146). What stands out particularly is the deceptiveness of construction. Throughout the piece the phrases repeat in interval and rhythm but the instrumental treatment is magically different and unique, just like the seemingly identical lives of unique people and destinies.

It is the combination of musical instruments that creates the most charming effect on the listener. A touching duet of bassoons and clarinet is meant to bid farewell, the humor of wind instruments reminds us to enjoy the simplicity of happiness, the astonishing contrast to the brilliant and triumphant strains reminds of inconsistencies of human life, while penetration of piccolo, trombones, and contra-fagotto in the Finale imposes the effect of novelty in human life.

Works Cited

Grove, George. Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies. Kessinger Publishing, 2004. Print.

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Posted by: Donette Cooke

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