Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 – Leonard Bernstein
The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written between 1804 and 1808.
It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies, and it is widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music.
First performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as “one of the most important works of the time”.
As is typical of symphonies during the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is in four movements.
Symphony No. 5 was given an explicit name besides the numbering, though not by Beethoven himself. It became popular under “Schicksals-Sinfonie” (Fate Symphony), and the famous five bar theme was called the “Schicksals-Motiv” (Fate Motif). This name is also used in translations.
The Fifth Symphony was premiered on 22 December 1808 at a mammoth concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna consisting entirely of Beethoven premieres, and directed by Beethoven himself on the conductor’s podium.