Musicians waiting for their deaths in Nazi concentration camps were ordered to play it, metaphorically twisting its closing call to universal brotherhood and joy into a terrifying, sneering parody of all that strives for light in a human soul.
And Emmanuel Macron chose this music as the backdrop for his victory speech after winning the French presidential election last year. Western classical music usually thinks of itself as being apolitical. But the Ninth is political. Beethoven saw it as political when he wrote it in the early s. And his fellow Germans, looking for a sense of identity, embraced it with fervour. It also became a Romantic monument to the artist Beethoven, in this case as a special creature worthy of special treatment.
Buch argued that the Ninth was the right piece of music at the right time — socially, politically and aesthetically. Through my tears I can only say…. How can I give to you as you have given to me. Expressed earlier, I too, have watched this over ten times and not failed to weep. The expressions of the human soul exude in musician and viewer alike.
There is a God. One note to add here. How many of those people witnessing the event never had the means to have purchased a ticket to the palaces where only the well to do could be privy to view the talent of both the musicians and the composers genius. Again, I believe we have all witnessed a moment in humankind.
Verified by the over eight million online views. What a wonderful spontaneous rendering of this magnificent piece of music. I was conducting it in my office and in tears at the same time. It gives me a glimmer of hope for the goodness and talent in humankind despite the messes we make!
I, too, have watched and shared this many times and never fail to have an emotional response — alternating between choking up and wanting to jump up and applaud!
Thank you for sharing…. I thought this was just magnificent!!! Music such as this is the universal language! It brings people from all ages together!!! It gets 5 stars! I wonder what text the chorus was singing. Was it a Spanish or Catalan translation of the text? Thank you for posting. IIt is beautiful and went right to my heart.
Addicted to that video. When I am feeling down it brings me up. It is a delight to watch. Very much loved. I am from America, so look at it through those eyes. A BANK did this. This is what a European flash-mob looks like? Not skipping around to non-instruments babbling some incoherence? I am no fan of banks, but this was surprising and very nice. This has to be my favourite flash mob. The music is great. The look on the one mans face toward the end said it all. Visit the help section or contact us.
Go back to filtering menu. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Audible Download Audiobooks. Whoever has created An abiding friendship, Or has won A true and loving wife, All who can call at least one soul theirs, Join our song of praise; But those who cannot must creep tearfully Away from our circle.
All creatures drink of joy At natures breast. Just and unjust Alike taste of her gift; She gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine, A tried friend to the end. Even the worm can feel contentment, And the cherub stands before God!
Gladly, like the heavenly bodies Which He sent on their courses Through the splendor of the firmament; Thus, brothers, you should run your race, Like a hero going to victory! You millions, I embrace you. This kiss is for all the world! Brothers, above the starry canopy There must dwell a loving father.Beethoven was 30 when his first symphony was first performed in the Burgtheater in Vienna (pictured), and it went where no symphony had ever gone before. Symphonies were seen to be pretty light-hearted works, but Beethoven took this one step further with the introduction, which sounds so musically off-beam it’s often considered to be a joke!