Allegro con brio
(from Symphony no. 5)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Published by Megido Publications
Includes score and parts
6 C Flutes
2 Alto Flutes
2 Bass Flutes
The Symphony #5 in c minor, Op67, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1804-1808. It is one of the most popular and best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most often played symphonies.
The symphony was first performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808. The work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards. E.T.A. Hoffmann described the symphony as “one of the most important works of the time.”
The first movement is in the traditional sonata form that Beethoven inherited from his classical predecessors, Haydn and Mozart. It starts out with two dramatic fortissimo phrases, the famous motif, commanding the listener’s attention. Following the first four bars, Beethoven uses imitations and sequences to expand the theme, these pithy imitations tumbling over each other with such rhythmic regularity that they appear to form a single, flowing melody. Shortly after, a very short fortissimo bridge takes place before a second theme is introduced. This second theme is in the relative major, and it is more lyrical, written piano and featuring the four-note motif as the accompaniment. The codetta is again based on the four-note motif. The development section follows, using modulation, sequences and imitation, and including the bridge. During the recapitulation, there is a brief solo passage in quasi-improvisatory style, and the movement ends with a massive coda.
This arrangement of the first movement is made to suit a large flute orchestra.