A Fifth of Beethoven

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A Fifth of Beethoven

Song Information

A Fifth of Beethoven's jacket.

Artist: Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band
Composition: Ludwig van Beethoven
Arrangement: Walter Murphy
Producer: Thomas J. Valentino
Album: A Fifth of Beethoven (1976)
BPM: 110
Length: 1:47
First Music Game Appearance: DanceDanceRevolution UNIVERSE3
Other Music Game Appearances: None.



Song Connections / Remixes


  • Although Walter Murphy performed almost every instrument for A Fifth of Beethoven himself, Private Stock Records felt the song would be more commercially successful if credited to a band rather than an individual. The label credited the song to the fictitious Big Apple Band, not realizing that this was already the name of an actual disco group (which later changed its name to Chic).
  • Walter Murphy now works as a television music director and composer. He was the main music director for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. More recently, he has worked as a composer for animated shows including Family Guy, Channel Umptee-3, and American Dad.

Song Production Information


Difficulty & Notecounts

DanceDanceRevolution difficulty rated from 1 to 10 from DDRMAX2 to SuperNOVA2.

Game Single Double
Beginner Basic Difficult Expert Challenge Basic Difficult Expert Challenge
Notecounts / Freeze Arrows / Shock Arrows 51 / 4 109 / 4 265 / 12 356 / 22 - / - / - 108 / 7 265 / 17 322 / 13 - / - / -
DanceDanceRevolution UNIVERSE3 N/A 3 7 9 3 7 9