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Classical Views: Da, da, da, dah! Beethoven's 5th

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Allentown Symphony concert includes Sierra debut, guest soloist Matt Haimovitz on Elgar Cello Concerto

The first four notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony are perhaps the most well-known in the world. We hear them and we immediately know the piece. In reality, it is only two notes, because the first note is repeated three times: da, da, da, dah! This piece crosses cultural boundaries and has been adapted into all different types of orchestration, including versions that incorporate rock 'n' roll and disco beats.