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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ode To Joy

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The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 is the final complete symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best known works of the Western classical repertoire, and has been adapted for use as the European Anthem. It is considered by critics to be one of Beethoven’s masterpieces and one of the greatest musical compositions ever written. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony (thus making it a choral symphony). The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the “Ode to Joy”, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with additions made by the composer. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ A loving father must dwell ... This kiss for all the world ... Brothers!, above the starry canopy

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More songs by Ludwig Van Beethoven (See Charts): Fifth Symphony, Für Elise, Symphony No. 7, Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata), and Symphony No. 5.

Popular in Classical (See Charts): Con Te Partiro, Nutcracker, Asturias Leyenda, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Por Ti Volare, Canon, Je Te Veux, Big Stones, Star Wars (Main Theme), and Die Moldau (Vltava).


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