Why did the beginning of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony become an audible symbol of Allied victory?
The symphony begins with three short notes followed by one long
one. Three dots and a dash is the Morse code for the letter V. V is
the Roman numeral for five (the Fifth Symphony) and stands for
victory. All of that was just such a coincindence that it was
irresistable in the popular imagination. It was also just too
delicious an irony to use one of the great achievements of German
culture as a symbol against the Germans.Michael Montagne