Covering Your Tracks – 17

I don’t know if it is proper to call this weeks Track a “track.” It has been around a little over 200 years, and has been “covered” countless times.

The Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1804–08. This symphony is one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music, and one of the most often played symphonies. It comprises four movements: an opening sonata, an andante, and a fast scherzo which leads attacca to the finale. First performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as “one of the most important works of the time”.

The music is ubiquitous, and most people have probably heard it thousands of times since the day they were born.

It begins by stating a distinctive four-note “short-short-short-long” motif twice:

If you’ve ever wondered what No. 5 would sound like if it were played metal-style, solely on electric guitars, wonder no further. Prolific guitar wunderkind Daniel Bautista has recorded it, as well as Nos. 7 and 9, Fur Elise and others for a 2008 release titled, simply, Beethoven.

So, enjoy Daniel Bautista’s re-imagined, rewarding “cover” of a classic:
[ Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 | 07:33 | 12mb | mp3 ]

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