Ludwig van Beethoven is a legendary composer of the Classical and Romantic eras. People of all walks of life are familiar with many of the composer's catchiest tunes. From the iconic “dun dun dun DUN” of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to the melodic and beautiful Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony, his works have withstood the test of time. Learn about some of Beethoven's catchiest tunes! 

  1. Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy"
    • This is arguably Beethoven’s most iconic melody. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 marks the first time that a composer used voices in a symphony. Over time, this anthemic melody has transcended its classical roots to become a symbol of unity and hope across cultures.  
  2. Symphony No. 5
    • The opening four-note motif is instantly recognizable and has been widely used in pop culture. “Dun dun dun DUN”, has been used in movies and commercials throughout time. The rhythmic and dramatic quality leaves a lasting impression on listeners.  
  3. Für Elise
    • This piece is widely recognized by pianists and listeners of all ages. It’s playful and intimate, and it has become a favorite for many aspiring young pianists. Für Elise is known to enchant with its simple yet charming melody.  
  4. Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”
    • This symphony is known for its second movement, the “Scene by the Brook,” which captivates with its serene and soothing melody, effectively evoking the tranquility of a countryside landscape.This piece is well known for his catchy bird-call motifs.  
  5. Symphony No. 7
    • The infectious dance-like rhythm of the Allegretto is a popular choice in many different adaptations and arrangements. With pulsating energy and catchy motifs, listeners are entranced from starts to finish.

Beethoven’s catchiest tunes have achieved timeless appeal, permeating not only the classical music realm but also pop culture. The ability to evoke emotions, stir imagination, and create a lasting impression on listeners is a testament to Beethoven’s genius as a composer, even centuries after his time. 

PS: The Orchestra plays Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 during our Season Final: (Re)Discover the Ode to Joy. Get tickets now!