Beethoven composed eleven overtures, all but one of which were intended for the stage, for opera, ballet or drama. "The Consecration of the House" was written for the opening of the theater in Vienna´s Josephstadt in 1822 - music of high compositional standards that culminates in an elaborate double fugue. It was soon to become one of the absolute classics, as was Beethoven´s Fifth. Perhaps the most famous classical symphony, it is famous above all for its signal-like motif in the opening movement, familiar to almost everyone. Generations of music lovers thought they heard fate knocking at the door here. Since then, the Fifth has been regarded as a musical "drama of fate" that tells of suffering, struggle, defeat and final triumph: Per aspera ad astra - through the night to the light.