Composer Information

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras inWestern art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best known compositions include 9symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works (including the celebrated Missa Solemnis), and songs. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven intended to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and befriended Joseph Haydn. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. He gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from this period. [source from Wikipedia]

Work Information

This is a four-movement symphony composed by Beethoven between 1804 and 1808. This work is one of the most popular and the most-frequently-performed symphony in the classical music. The most famous initial motif of this symphony is considered as a representation of the fate "Thus Fate knocks at the door" occasionally.

Work Alias: 命運交響曲 Symphony No. 5 in C minor "Fate", Op. 67 C小調第五號交響曲 命運,作品Op. 67命運 C小调第五交响曲 命运,作品Op.67命运 命运