During this era, the rise of the middle class mirrored the changes going on in the world. The revolutions during this time, the fierce opposition of aristocracy and this new period of Enlightenment gave way to a rise in the middle class. The middle class felt empowered and they wanted their music to demonstrate that. The middle class demanded a new form of music and symphony music that was anti Baroque. Ludwig Van Beethoven composed the 5th Symphony between 1804 and 1808 in Vienna, Austria and successfully responded to this new movement.
The middle class yearned for music that was simpler and easier to follow yet lively and dramatic and Beethoven achieved this with the 5th Symphony. This symphony is organized and lively. It was simple and elegant. It’s in sonata form and contains four movements that can seamlessly be heard.
I have always found Ludwig Van Beethoven very inspiring because he created beautiful music even though lack the only sense thought to be needed to compose music which was his hearing. His amazing talent resonates past his disabilities. It such a lively piece of music that can still be enjoyed today. It’s such a passionate and inspiring symphony with many layers.