Five Bar Opening for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Five bar opening

Five Bar Opening for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Phrases have always come in four bar segments. Beethoven opens his 5th symphony with five bars. Look at the opening motif . We have two bars and a fermata (hold). Then we have three bars and a hold. The hold sign is called fermata. It looks like a bird’s eye. By arithmetic,  2 + 3 = 5. Was this an attempt by the Great Master to be cute? Did he think it was clever to start the Fifth with five bars of music? For the most likely answer, we must look into his Masonic roots. 

Five bar opening
For his time period, this was a highly unorthodox way to opening any musical selection, and still is. The 4 bar phrase was and still is the norm.

{\clef treble \key c \minor \tempo "Allegro con brio" 2=108 \time 2/4 {r8 g'\ff[ g' g'] | ees'2\fermata | r8 f'[ f' f'] | d'2~ | d'\fermata | } }

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Five Bar Opening: BEETHOVEN’S DELIBERATE USE OF THE FIBONACCI NUMBERS

Look at the red numbers: To the right of Leonardo Bonacci’s back, the highest red number is 55. However, he covers numbers 21 and 34. Each new number is the sum of the preceding two. We have 13 (visible) + 34 = 55. Then 21 + 34 = 55. So, let’s continue the series: 34 + 55 = 89. Next, 55 + 89 = 144. Next 89 + 144 = 233.  The length of Beethoven’s opening section is exactly 233 bars. . Next 144 + 233 = 377. Beethoven’s development section is 377 bars. I think this was learned as a result of his Masonic association. 

Why This Opening?

Beethoven, being the brilliant genius that he was, knew exactly what he was doing. When we listen to the symphony it sounds so natural; but can you imagine how he must have struggled to make the bar length come out right and still sound like that’s how it should be? Leonard Bernstein says of Beethoven and the 1st movement in The Joy of Music: “he will give away his life just to make sure that one note follows another inevitably.” In conclusion, I think that in addition to an even greater appreciation of Beethoven, we have graphic proof the relationship between music and numbers.  This is why music lessons, theory and composition increase aptitude for mathematics. In no uncertain terms, music is a stimulus for success in every sense of the word!

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