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review The First Four Notes 109 ´ A uniue and revelatory book of music history that examines in great depth what is perhaps the best known and most popular symphony ever written and its four note opening which has fascinated musicians historians and philosophers for the last two hundred years Music critic Matthew Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven’s tiLief Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth He traces the Fifth’s influence in China Russia and the United States Emerson and Thoreau were passionate fans and shows how the masterpiece was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II Altogether a fascinating piece of musical detective work a treat for music lovers of every stripe . A book about about the intellectual reaction to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony than the music itself Shows how different intellectual traditions used Beethoven's work to forward and reinforce their own agendasAs such an interesting sampling of intellectual traditions although the discussion of Hegelianism is the most uninteresting and opaue but not surprisingly since Hegel is always boring and opaueIt is interesting how the uncreative ie the critic turned beethoven's creative work into their own career opportunities

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A uniue and revelatory book of music history that examines in great depth what is perhaps the best known and most popular symphony ever written and its four note opening which has fascinated musicians historians and philosophers for the last two hundred years Music critic Matthew Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven’s time to examine what might. Notice the eighth rest like a starter pistol right before the da da da dum Why And if you're the conductor How It's not there for nothing For me it's as if Beethoven knew And so he makes us pause first however briefly before he dramatically announces in four notes that music will never be the sameSo what does it mean The first four notes and the entirety of the Fifth Is it Fate knocking on the door In a surely apocryphal story Beethoven when asked what the first four notes meant replied You are too dumb What we learn in this marvelous study is that everyone seems to have an opinion about what Beethoven's Fifth means It has been appropriated and misappropriated It has made its way into movies and commercials and now ringtonesTrue there is a lot in here about Hegel a lot until our author notes that Its at this point that it becomes obvious just how contrived a target the opening of Beethoven's Fifth is for Hegel's logic a suare peg being crammed into a round philosophical hole Why did we bother I then wonderedMore appealing was the analysis of the use of those first four notes in World War II People in the Belgian resistance had been chalking the letters RAF on walls sidewalks and even on Nazi vehicles This drew the unwanted attention of the Gestapo so the resistance changed to the letter V symbolizing victory victoirie in French and freedom vrijheid in Flemish The Morse Code symbol for V is dot dot dot dash And so those four notes so recognizable became a whistling tune of resistance a hummed irritant to invadersI learned that the rhythmic foot the Fifth lays out short short short long was know in Classical antiuity as a uartus paeon I thought maybe this was going to be something else like Hegel that I really had no use for But Guerrieri kept getting back to that the uartus paeon and showing it in other musical statements and other examples of Fate knocking on a door Like I have a dreamLike Beethoven's Fifth it's a pause then a start Just a startI used to have a ringtone from Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto but now I just vibrate

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The First Four NotesHave influenced him in writing his Fifth Symphony and forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has in turn asserted its influence He uncovers possible sources for the famous opening notes in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain French Revolutionary songs and symphonies Guerrieri confirms that contrary to popular be. I just wanted to think about the great majesty of Beethoven's 5th symphony again so that's why I got this book There is no other reason See it was my first major symphony I performed as oboe I with the Philadelphia Young Artists' Orchestra I didn't realise at the time I would associate such strong emotion with it I am strongest tied to this piece of music I am not confident enough to play any other instrument professionally even flute bassoon or voice In fact I am probably not confident enough to play even oboe right now at the same level as I once did but the fact is in the past I did make a little bit of money by blowing air through the instrument which is just below the flute and above the clarinet in the scoreI am always going to listen to this symphony the whole way through and emote and everything else since it is just an incredible feeling ♥ Not just the first four notes mind you The whole thing All of it Hear it Play it Be it That was my path It can be yours too Orchestras play it all the time