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Ludwig van Beethoven

Why did the beginning of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony become an audible symbol of Allied victory?

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2011-09-13 23:16:24

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


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