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Song Parodies -> "Beethoven's Riff"

Original Song Title:

"Beethoven's Fifth"

Original Performer:

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Parody Song Title:

"Beethoven's Riff"

Parody Written by:

Rick Duncan

The Lyrics

In my quest to do something here that hasn't been done, I have written lyrics to Beethoven's Fifth symphony, first movement,(Exposition) If you know sonata allegro form, you know there is supposed to be a development, then a recapitulation. I stuck with just the first part in the interest of brevity and people's knowlege of the work.
This four note riff---Beethoven's fifth
Beethoven wrote a great motif though he was deaf
Beethoven wrote a great motif in treble clef
He knew his notes (He knew his notes)
It got big votes (It got big votes)
He wrote a mas-ter-piece!

It's quite a feat!

It's quite a feat that triple beat descending down (and then back up)
It's quite a feat that triple beat descending down (and then back up)
It's very famous, an ignoramus, even the thickest dolt must know
It's the most widely known symphonic piece of music
That has graced the concert halls
Even the most unmusical has heard the damn thing once or twice
Even the most unmusical has heard the damn thing once or twice
You can't escape it even if you want to get away from it

Now

Here comes the second theme..

And it's almost sweet and pretty
Quite a dainty little ditty
Yes, it's very sweet and pretty
Then it rises up in volume
And the notes go slightly higher
Then crescendos and gets louder and it builds until it
You wonder what is next and then it

POUNDS into your senses with sforzandos and some
Virtuosic playing with the strings and clarinets
And then the rest of all the oboes, flutes and coronets
Hits off-beats with the timpany and
Wraps up the first section with that riff
It's such a simple little riff of just four notes (that triple beat)
It's such a simple little riff of just four notes (that triple beat)
That triple beat!
And now repeat!!!
Publish or perish.

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Rick D - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I should have said this in the intro. If you put on the Great Number Five, you should be able to sing this right along with it, althought some parts are very fast. I used the score and counted notes. And the fact it describes the music should help keep your place. Of course, all this takes a little effort and I don't expect anyone but the most dedicated classical buffs to really try. But it's something I wanted to do for years, especially after DiRito tackled the "Nutcracker" with his Tetras one. Mari and I have always sung fake lyrics to certain classical pieces, and it would be great to have a collection of them.
Angry Write Mail - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Whatchu think we are, Rick - edumacated? I'll take the Fifth, but you get the 5's.
David Chrenko - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick, only you would come up with this (and perhaps Victor Borge). I just remember the first segment, but your words definitely pace very well with it. Just curious... You indicate it's based on the performance by Ludwig van Beethoven. I've looked everywhere on the internet for an mp3 of that performance. What gives?
Adagio - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
A pleasure to listen to, Rick! David, I think this is the copy that Rick is talking about...http://www.amiright.com/parody/misc/ludwigvanbeethoven0.shtml at least, I recognize it! It's a midi, but has an instrumental sound. Rick...a hearty 5's!!
Johnny D - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
The number 23 is the first two-digit prime number whose two digits are both primes themselves and who add-up to a prime number, 5.

5, in Roman Numerals, is the letter V.

The letter V, in Morse Code, is Dit-Dit-Dit-Dah.

Dit-Dit-Dit-Dah is a phonetic transliteration of the opening motif of Beethoven's Symphony Number V.

Everything I just wrote above in this comment is 555% devoid of meaning and is intended for ludicrously ridiculous entertainment purposes only.

This parody gets 555 from me!
Johnny D - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I appear to have cast the 5th vote of 555 here....I am synchronicitously honored. I shall celebrate this evening with a drink from a fifth of something good.
Jonathan C. - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
This was a great idea, Rick. Reminds me of a joke/riddle in 6th grade.
Schroeder - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
It's nice to see that someone besides me appreciates Beethoven.
Rick D - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Dave, it was performed for him--posthumorously! Jonathan, what was the joke? Schroeder, tell that Lucy bitch to stay of your piano, unless she wants the organ.
Michael Pacholek - February 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Symphony No. 5, and that's what you get. Risky though, it could have been dumb-dumb-dumb-DUMMMMB! Which reminds, me, I gotta write another Bush parody.
Stray Pooch - February 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick this was downright genius! PDQ Bach would be proud!! 555.
Rick D - February 07, 2004 - Report this comment
We're big fans of PDQ Bach. I love "The Art of the Ground Round" where they sing "Nellie is a nice girl, but hanna is a hor------rible prude, Paul is a policeman, but Peter is a pimp----ly and rude young ma-a-an....
John Jenkins - February 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Like Beethoven, you know your notes and you're getting big votes (although maybe not quite as many as you should be getting).
Rick D - February 08, 2004 - Report this comment
And I just watched "The Simpsons" where they put fart lyrics to Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusic". (I think someone on that show is a fan of our site.)
Phil Alexander - February 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I've just given up trying to find something witty to add... very clever, Rick: it nearly inspired me to put some lyrics to Mussorgsky's "Night on the Bare Mountain" (basically "I'm cold I'm cold I'm cold I'm cold I'm cold I'm cold/It's freezing up here/Freezing my balls, freezing my balls/Right off" or something similar) ... nearly, but not quite ;-)
Guy - February 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I saw that Simpson's smellody song too. Almost thought it was one of mine for a minute. It was well done and I tried to give it fives with my remote but all it did was change the station.
... - February 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I give it fives also.!
Mari D - February 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Phil -- looking forward to your "Night on Bare Mountain"... seriously!
pickle - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
This also put me in mind of a comedy sketch in which Les Dawson played the part of Beethoven, giving evidence in court. Every time he laughed, he went 'ha-ha-ha-HA!' to the tune of the Fifth.
Rick D - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
And young Amedeus (Bart) got that same treatment from Beethoven (Nelson Muntz) on "The Simpsons" (Aired after I wrote the words above)
Steven Cavanagh - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Great Concept, Rick. It's an absolute... nah, I can't even say it :-)
Diva - February 15, 2004 - Report this comment
A classic! Great job!
Birgitta - February 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Just seeing this today Rick-I literally heard the orchestra in my head just by the description here! Excellent!
Rick D - February 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Birgitta. I'm taking notice of you as an interesting newbie, and I'll be writing more to you soon. I've just been busy for a few days. Keep writing.
Leo Jay - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Bravo! Classical music can be a beotch -- I've used the 5th before as an exercise -- whew! Thanks for reminding me that nothing is sacred. (Hmm... as if I need to be reminded about that...)
Dude - July 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Yay (555) But being a picky percussionist, it's Timpani or Tympani, not Timpany.
Rick D - July 29, 2004 - Report this comment
You are correct, Dude. Tomorrow's parody is for you, with that correction.
Johnny D - July 29, 2004 - Report this comment
+++Restoring vote lost due to 7-28-04 Amiright vote-history bug+++
Matthias - January 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Great job on giving this original song words!!! And funny words to boot! It's perfect for my Going Instur-mental contest... go come on down to http://www.inthe00s.com/index.php/topic,15567.0.html and Po-po-po-post!!! Po-po-po-post!!!
Agrimorfee - January 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Funny work, Rick. It brought to my mind the classic sketch from PDQ Bach/Peter Schickele that has the baseball-game style "color commentary" on this piece. (a nice synopsis, but by no means not the same thing without listening is at everything2.com/index.pl?node=New%20Horizons%20in%20Music%20Appreciation)­
Johnny D - January 22, 2006 - Report this comment
A classic from The Man From Plaid, The Highlander.
Stuart McArthur - January 30, 2006 - Report this comment
(inst) great stuff Rick - and it adds a dimension, the fact that the lyrics are self-referential to the OS - esp liked the finesse of the "(and then back up)" quieter phrase
Kristof Robertson - January 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(inst) Despite being utterly confuddled by your pre-empt (sonata allegro form? recapitulation? Huh?....:-))...once I got into the music, I was swept away. Nice job

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