I am preparing for a timpani audition at a local symphony and one of the excerpts is listed as, "Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Mvt 4, Opening." Is there a specific length of the opening? Perhaps the interpretation is part of the audition?
My thoughts is that is the first 21 measures, but another reasonable guess would be the repeat and second ending, where in the timpani part, a 28 bar rest follows.
I have not been able to find anything online concerning a specific opening. Is there a commonly defined opening to this piece?