BEETHOVEN'S UNIVERSE - The Architects of Music
Beethoven's Universe - Symphony No. 5 in C minor
3rd Movement I Part 3-3
The mighty Fifth Symphony
The Architects of Music I Narration by Lawrence Rapchak
- The Scherzo returns, now in ghostly, "spectral" form.
And now back to the Scherzo. Once again, history is about to be made. What we hear is “spectral” with “fleeting, wispy sounds” in the violins. Something highly unusual is going on here. This passage helped change the course of art history with composers like Berlioz completely mesmerized and astounded by this one passage. It’s a passage that is “Beethoven’s absolute masterstroke of innovation.” In it, “Beethoven’s creative powers reach their height” as this passage creates a bridge into the “blazing glory” of the finale.