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The Anthem of Joy
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/24/2013 5:26:34 AM

In a season of joy, it is worth dwelling on and marveling at the world’s anthem of joy, arguably the best piece of music ever written, which hasn’t lost its power to astound after nearly 200 years and, as long as there is such a thing as civilization, never will. It is, of course, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Everyone knows the unforgettable melody of its “Ode to Joy,” the fourth movement that sets a poem by Friedrich Schiller. Performances of the symphony always feel like an event. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was natural that Leonard Bernstein turned to the Ninth

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hxbuff, 12/24/2013 5:50:34 AM     (No. 9666279)

One of the most sublime pieces of music ever written. An unforgettable experience for me was singing in the chorus with the National Symphony at Wolf Trap. A great music moment.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jorgecito, 12/24/2013 9:22:45 AM     (No. 9666496)

Am I the only one who thinks the Ode to Joy is actually rather joy-less?

This movement has always struck me as turgid and bombastic. When I listen to it, I don´t hear the voices of angels (as I hear in Handel´s Messiah), but the voices of "enlightened" and god-less men.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/24/2013 11:08:30 AM     (No. 9666696)

#1 - I hear you. I was 2nd Trumpet with an Orchestra for a number of years and on stage with a 60 voice choir and roughly 80 piece orchestra was .. thrilling beyond mere words.

The air vibrating around me, the choir right in my ear, the very floor resonating .. gives me shivers to remember. It is like spiritual sex.

#2 - I´ve heard that. I understand your reference. But .. it is still magnificent music. (and yes, it was written as a secular expression)

But then, Copeland´s Fanfare For The Common Man hits every nerve I´ve got while I know full well it is as Socialist as possible.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: The Architect, 12/24/2013 12:36:02 PM     (No. 9666799)

The Pacibel Cannon does the same thing for me. You can´t listen to it and not feel at peace.

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