Evening Masterwork: Beethoven’s Fifth

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Tonight’s Evening Masterwork is one that has become the best known Classical work in history. And interestingly, on July 19, 1941, in the dark days of the Second World War, after France had fallen to the Nazis and Great Britain stood virtually alone against the enemy, a part of the British Broadcasting Corporation in London, which was home to the French government in exile, began broadcasting the first few notes of a symphony, which in Morse code symbolized the “v” for victory (dot dot dot dash).  That symphony was by a German composer named Beethoven and it was his fifth.  We’ll hear it tonight on Classical WSMR 89.1, Sarasota, 103.9, Tampa and online at wsmr.org at seven.