Beethoven ‘cancelled’? Why people are debating whether the Fifth Symphony is elitist


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Two classical music podcasters have sparked an explosive debate: is Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony a “symbol of elitism and exclusion”?

Da-da-da-DUMM. Beethoven’s most hummable tune, his great Fifth Symphony, is one of the most famous pieces of classical music of all time.

Were Ludwig Van alive today, the royalties he’d see trickling in from tote bag prints, film soundtrack appearances (hello, Saturday Night Fever), not to mention your gran’s tinny ringtone, would likely put him ahead of Lloyd Webber on the musicians’ rich list. Full story.

Maddy Shaw Roberts (Classic FM) / September 21, 2020

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