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Beethoven’s 5th

Perhaps the most recognizable piece of classical music ever written, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony rose to international prominence during World War II, when the BBC used the symphony’s famous four-note opening to preface daily radio broadcasts. Mimicking the sound of the letter “V” in Morse code (dot-dot- dot-dash), the first few notes of Beethoven’s 5th became closely associated with the Allied Forces’ quest for victory, and ultimately gave this masterpiece its nickname, the Victory Symphony. Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s 5th January 4 and 5 at the Charleston Gaillard Center.