The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples and acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continues to this day. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.
Watch & Listen
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Allegro con brio Andante con moto Scherzo: Allegro Allegro – presto “Da-da-da-dum… Da-da-da-dum…” Is there a more immediately recognizable musical cue than the opening bars of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5? Perhaps not, and from that famous “Fate knocking at the door” motif, Ludwig van Beethoven created what is one of the best-known pieces in all of classical music. The premiere performance took place at the Theater an der Wien on December 22, 1808, in the middle of a marathon four-hour concert that also included the Pastoral Symphony, the Piano Concerto No. 4, the Choral Fantasia and more. The audience was exhausted, the concert hall was freezing, and the orchestra under-rehearsed. But within a few months of that somewhat inauspicious premiere, E.T.A. Hoffman wrote, “How this wonderful composition, in a climax that climbs on and on, leads the listener imperiously forward into the spirit world of the infinite!….” To infinity and beyond indeed: In the 1970s the Voyager spacecraft was launched, carrying Beethoven’s music on a golden record into the outer reaches of deepest space.