BEETHOVEN'S UNIVERSE - The Architects of Music
Beethoven's Universe - Symphony No. 5 in C minor
2nd Movement I Part 2-3
The mighty Fifth Symphony
The Architects of Music I Narration by Lawrence Rapchak
- The movement proceeds in variation form, alternating between Beethoven's unique mix of elegance, majesty, and mystery.
We’re now in the second section of this movement with a more florid main theme. This variation “glides along” until a new variation begins including a fantasy in thirds for the flutes and clarinets. But then the C Major Procession returns…for a bit. Just about everything in this movement is based on an ascending triad, the architectural glue that holds this movement together. A whimsical final variation appears near the end but Beethoven does something very special with the melody that is “sunny and warm” and leads to a triumphant conclusion.