BBC Symphony can’t beat Beethoven

BBC Symphony can’t beat Beethoven


norman lebrecht

February 18, 2016

Tweet from the BBCSO:

BBCSymphonyOrchestra  @BBCSO
Duh duh duuuuuh…Familiarise yourself with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 which we perform on Sunday

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Education, education, education.


  • Sixtus says:

    Perhaps instead of what should have been “Duh duh duh duuuuuh” of the first movement, they are drawing attention to the “Duh, duh, duuuuh: of the main theme of the finale..But I doubt it.

    • Dan says:

      Does anyone else remember the marvelous PDQ Bach “oil crisis” version which dispensed with one “Duh” per bar in order to reduce the length of the symphony by a quarter? In times of austerity perhaps this is the BBC version?

  • James says:

    I saw that and chuckled. Bet you what happened was a last minute cut to make it fit Twitter’s specified tweet length…


      Don’t think so. The correct version for the first movement would have been Duh duh dudah …. which is 2 characters shorter than the BBC’s tweet.

  • Joel says:

    Some days ago when i was in supermarket (in a Scandinavian capital) paying my food stuff an annoying guy with American accent and with a long looking-like-a-Vietnam-veteran-beard was coming right in front of my face and said: “DUH-DUH-DUH-DUUUH ??? Never been in a supermarket before?? Cant you move any faster ?”

    (It was the cashier who was being slow). Even though I am a peace-loving man for a split of a second I had a feeling I wanted to punch him right in the face. The use of Beethoven’s 5th in such a situation was a sacrilegious act … !

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