Beethoven's 5th premiered as part of an enormous, all-Beethoven concert the week before Christmas in 1808. The work was severely under-rehearsed and thus poorly performed. Furthermore, temperatures were low and the dense program dragged on for over four hours. One can only imagine the combination of boredom and discomfort experienced by the audience in the freezing hall, so that when the opening four notes rang out, the weather was perhaps more menacing than the motif.
July coup 1934. Troops attack the Ravag building (Austrian broadcasting station) which is occupied by Nazi troops, Vienna. Photography by Albert Hilscher. 1934. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Juliputsch 1934: Erstuermung des von Nationalsozialisten besetzten Ravag-Gebaeudes in Wien I. Photographie von Albert Hilscher. 1934]
Musikverein, Vienna, where Gottesmann conducted the Wiener Symphonie for 5 years.
Richard Stohr may have dedicated this quartet to Gottesmann. Need more investigation. File:PMLP602471-smOpus 114 String quartet no. IV.pdf