Trivia: Which of Beethoven’s symphonies is recognized by its four opening notes?
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 9
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 1
The correct answer is Symphony No. 5
So why is this answer correct? : With its signature “dun-dun-dun-duuun” sound, the start of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is instantly recognizable. The notes are intended to symbolize fate knocking ominously on the door. It ties into the overall theme of the piece, which is widely understood to signify not only fate but also revolution and opportunity.