The secrets of the world's most famous symphony
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Eight ferocious notes open one of the most explosive pieces of music ever composed. Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony Number Five premiered in 1808, and quickly won acclaim. Its central motif and raw emotionality have continued to resound through the ages. So what exactly makes Beethoven's Fifth so captivating? Hanako Sawada uncovers the story behind this musical masterpiece. [Directed by Yael Reisfeld, narrated by Jack Cutmore-Scott, music by Jarrett Farkas].