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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (trans. Joseph Kreines)

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Subtitle: 1st Movement from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

General Info

Year: 1804-1808 /
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.50


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Program Notes

A remarkably first-rate and successful transcription of the most recognizable composition of all the literature. Opening in the authentic key of C minor, the three-note motif begins with tutti ensemble and quickly fragments into various note groupings. This is contrasted by a lyrical second theme (E-flat major) using woodwind colors while the underpinning motif continues its presence. A very well-scored development section ensues exploring several key centers and containing very dramatic shifts of volume, color and moods. This leads to the closing of the exposition using the opening motif. A thrilling coda brings the movement to a faithful and very convincing conclusion. Many wind parts are identical to the orchestral original.

- Program Note from Music for Concert Band


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  • Krienes, J.; Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music for Concert Band: A Selective Annotated Guide to Band Literature. Meredith Music Publications: Delray Beach, Fla.; pp. 91.