Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 arranged for Violin and Guitar
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) remains one of the most admired German composers in the history of Western music. His works remain mainstays of the classical music repertoire.
The opening of the Fifth Symphony begins with a thunderclap – the famous four note theme. From this opening gesture he generates an enormous piece – full of torrential rhythms and tender contrasts, but the single focus insists on that underlying idea. There is an expressive brief cadenza, and then a long coda, creating one of the most powerfully integrated movements in all symphonic literature.
This arrangement by Gregg Nestor was commissioned and first performed by Duo Mantar (Jakob Reuven, mandolin and Adam Levin, guitar).