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Visit  Switched On Pop to listen to podcast episode 182: THE 5TH – MOVEMENT 1, A Battle Brewing (30 minutes).

After listening to the podcast, enter the forum (by clicking “Beethoven Forum” above) 

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is  absolute music; there is no literal element attached to this piece to tell us exactly what the composer wants us to envision. Nate and Charlie (the cohosts) decided on names/characters for Theme 1 and Theme 2 based on their interpretation.  What names would you suggest? (You may think of the themes as characters, or perhaps something else. Character traits? Vying forces of nature? Other?)  Provide an explanation for your answer.