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Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in C Minor (Beethoven Orchestra London)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Destiny Symphony

Vienna Theater, the place where Beethoven's 5th symphony was presented in first audition on December 22nd 1808Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in C minor, op. 67 is rightly considered a natural continuation of Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”, because it approaches the same themes and it expresses the relationship between particular and general. The name under which it sometimes circulated, ” The Symphony of Destiny “, is linked to the words of Anton Felix Schindler, his biographer, who, invoking an explanation given by the composer referring to the first bars in Part I of the fifth symphony, stated: ” So pocht das Schicksal an die Pforte! ” (That’s how destiny knocks on your door).

Significantly relevant is the chronicle written for this symphony at the January 1st 1841 concert: ” Beethoven’s symphony in C minor had closed the programme. Let us be silent! How often we hear it in public, but also in our deepest self, and how it projects its force upon all people of all ages, just like the great natural phenomena, which leave us in awe every time they appear. This symphony alike, will still resound centuries to come, for as long as there will be man and music.”

Part I – Allegro con brio – is unique through its sonata structure and a theme constructed with a rhythmical-melodic cell of just four notes, which is also the key motif of the entire symphony.

Excerpt form  Symphony No.5. Part IWe must emphasize that the generating motif of this part also appeared in other works, either in the composer’s creation (sonata Appassionata), either in Mozart or Haydn’s works.

Part II – Andante con moto – it has a lyrical theme with a hymnal resonance, even festive, permanently reminding of the somewhat dramatic tone of the first theme. The two thematic elements are the basis of the variational processes, at first lyrical and temperate and ultimately expressing bliss.

Excerpt from Symphony No.5, Part IIPart III – Allegro – has a free form, neither scherzo nor intermezzo, but constitutes itself as an epilogue to the dramatism in Part I and a prologue to Part IV. This is considered to be the key moment of the entire symphony, both psychologically and from the point of view of the musical construction.

Excerpt from Symphony No.5, Part IIIPart IV – Allegro – brings many new elements which constitute a genuine surprise. In the exuberance and joyfulness of the musical construction a lyrical theme suddenly appears – an oboe that comes closer to a recollection, reminiscence. This segment takes a festive march theme expressing joy and absolute victory.

Excerpt from Symphony No. 5, Part IVBeethoven’s 5th Symphony in C minor op. 67 was presented in first audition on December 22nd 1808 in the concert hall of the Vienna Theatre with the composer himself as conductor. On this occasion, musician Johann Friedrich Reinchardt of Cassel asserted that ” it is a grand, very elaborate, too long of a symphony in C minor…” , thus once more demonstrating the novelty of Beethoven’s musical language and his contemporaries’ incapacity to understand his genius.

Read more about all the other Beethoven symphonies

 Read more about Beethoven’s music

  • The piano sonatas – Analysis of the sonata form and the most important Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
  • Trios – General discussion regarding Beethoven’s trios for various instruments and ensembles.
  • Sonatas for Cello and Piano – Discussion about Beethoven’s five cello and piano sonatas.
  • Sonatas for Violin and Piano – Overview of Beethoven’s ten sonatas for violin and piano.
  • String Quartets – Brief analysis of Beethoven’s seventeen string quartets.
  • The Opera “Fidelio” – The background, subject and influences of Beethoven’s only opera.
  • The Concertos – Beethoven’s five piano concertos, his violin concerto and triple concerto analyzed.
  • The Overtures – Brief overview of some of the most important Beethoven overtures.


Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 — Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 14’52

Francis Poulenc – Suite Française

Suite française (d’après Claude Gervaise), for piano (arr. from chamber version), FP 80 (1935)

I. Bransle de Bourgogne
II. Pavane
III. Petite marche militaire
IV. Complainte
V. Bransle de Champagne
VI. Sicilienne
VII. Carillon

Gabriel Tacchino, piano

Ruggiero RICCI @ live 1978 (4/5) PAGANINI God Save The King Op.9

Ruggiero RICCI @ live 1978 (4/5) PAGANINI God Save The King Op.9
Niccolò PAGANINI: Variations on “God Save The King” Op.9, MS.56 (1829)
0:10 / Tema: Andante sostenuto – Variazioni:
0:51 Var.I; 1:34 Var.II; 2:16 Var.III; 3:00 Var.IV
3:51 applause
Ruggiero RICCI, violin (Live rec: April 24, 1978 – St.Lawrence Center, Toronto, Canada / (p) 1990 One-Eleven URS-90033)
full concert: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…


love song mutiny on the bounty

1962 mutiny on the bounty, love song (follow me) by bronislaw kaper.
I claim no rights or ownership to this song and am in no way profiting off this recording. U.S CODE title 17 article 107 entitles me to use this song. If I hear from the artist themselves that they don’t want this video up, then I will be glad to take it down.

THE MUTINY OF THE (HMS) BOUNTY – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio

THE MUTINY OF THE (HMS) BOUNTY by William Bligh – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books
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01 – Mutiny of the Bounty – Chapter I – The Voyage- Otaheite —00:30:58

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From ProPublica – Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?

From ProPublica - Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?

From ProPublica – Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records? (Click to access report)

From ProPpublica – Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Former Employees Say

From ProPpublica - Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Former Employees Say

From ProPpublica – Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Former Employees Say (Click to Access Report)


Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901)

The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Anastasia was allegedly murdered at age 17 along with her parents and siblings during the Russian Revolution. After the family‘s execution, rumors swirled that Anastasia had managed to survive. The appearance of several imposters further fueled these rumors, as did the discovery of her family’s burial site in 1991 with two bodies missing. Has anyone been able to conclusively prove that Anastasia was indeed killed with the rest of her family? More… Discuss

Quotation: Arthur Conan Doyle on Invention and discovery

What one man can invent another can discover.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss


Mona Mahmudnizhad and Nine Other Baha’i Women Are Hanged in Iran (1983)

Prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution, the approximately 1 million Iranian Baha’is had generally prospered, despite widespread societal discrimination. Under the Iranian Islamic republic, which regards the religion as heresy, Baha’i was banned, Baha’i property was confiscated, thousands were imprisoned, and several hundred were executed. Among the youngest victims was 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was arrested in 1982 and hanged after several months in prison. What were the official charges? More… Discuss



Oxford English Dictionary Features “Epic” “Geekery”

Language is constantly evolving, and perhaps no one knows this better than the people who publish the Oxford English Dictionary. Updated quarterly, the comprehensive wordbook got a little larger this month, with the addition of “crowdsourcing,” “flash mob,” “geekery,” and “epic,” among other new entries. A number of existing words were also revised, including “tweet,” which gained additional, Twitter-related definitions despite the fact that company policy requires new words to be current for ten years prior to consideration. More… Discuss



Ansel Adams – Church, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico (My Art Collection)

Ansel Adams - Church,  Acoma  Pueblo Pencil Sketch (My Art Collection)