Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ode to Joy

"Ode to Joy", Beethoven's 9th Symphony, performed by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra conducted by Volker Hartung. Live from Lee Foundation Hall in Singapore.

"Ode to Joy" (German: "An die Freude" in D major, first line: "Freude, schöner Götterfunken") is an ode written in 1785 by the German poet, playwright and historian Friedrich Schiller, celebrating the brotherhood and unity of all mankind. It is best known for its musical setting by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony (completed in 1824), a choral symphony for orchestra, four solo voices and choir.

The Beethoven setting was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972 and the then European Community—since 1993 the European Union—in 1985; the tune was also used in the anthem of Rhodesia. It has been used in a number of other contexts: notably in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange and in the Die Hard film franchise. It is also the basic melody for the song "A Song of Joy" by Miguel Ríos, and "Road To Joy" by Bright Eyes.

City of Dunedin Choir will perform this work together with the NZSO on Wednesday 28 September, 6:30pm, Dunedin Town Hall.

1 comment:

Leta said...

It looks like I finally found a version on Youtube that is the complete work - fingers crossed!