Sunday, March 13, 2011
Beethoven's 5th and Morse Code
It's probably a safe bet that Ludwig von Beethoven didn't know from Adam about the Morse Code during the years between 1804 through 1809 when he wrote his Symphony No. 5. That's because this international code wasn't adopted until sometime in the 1890s.
But the first four notes heard over the BBC during World War II would bring the Brits to a standstill because it signaled the beginning of a broadcast with news about the war. Ironically, these notes by a German composer were equated with the "V" for victory in Morse Code. dot dot dot dash.
I enjoy listening to these while waging war on the Internet. This is a Telecast from March 22, 1952 at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Arturo Toscanini conducting.