Even your littlest students can play the first notes of the 5th Symphony by Beethoven! And your older students can explore a bit more of this greatest of Beethoven classics, with 3 different arrangements. All three arrangements come with a "helper" version which makes use of lettered notes.
Above, that is the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Christian Thielemann, conductor, and nice closeups of the musicicans.
My arrangement, like all arrangements of great classics, involves a bit of personal interpretation. This is MY OWN impression of the highlights of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony theme. You will certainly find other very different arrangements out there in Music Land!
Like my arrangement of Bach's Toccata in Dm, this easiest version of the Beethoven classic is just the main theme, repeated in a couple octaves:
Now this next version is quite a step up, because the right hand has to stretch, lift, or do finger replacement in a few measures. Is this a first year, or even second year arrangement? Probably not. But if a student wants to play this Beethoven classic, they will work on the tricky parts.
I placed some suggested fingering where the first hurdle occurs. You can show this to your students over and over again, and they may still find their own (different) solution. Therefore, I didn't bother placing fingering at the second hurdle! If they use it the first time, they will likely try it the second time. Finger replacement can be fun! Approach it as if it is a feat of gymnastics - you may convince your students to master it.
Here is the longest arrangement, below. I haven't given it to any of my students yet - please let me know how your students do with it, if you will!
After hearing the actual symphony, you know that any arrangements fall short. Still, it is a bit of magic for young pianists to be able to hold some of that massive sound in their own grasp!
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