Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

 

Something for the Weekend.  The ending of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  This section of the Ninth Symphony gets played so frequently that we lose sight of just what a creation of genius it is.  Beethoven’s culminating masterpiece, composed, astonishingly enough, when he was completely deaf.

When it was first performed on May 7, 1824 in Vienna, the crowd was wild with enthusiasm.  Beethoven was on stage with the conductor, and could neither hear nor see the tumultuous applause.  Contralto Caroline Unger came over to him and gently turned him around so that he could see the crowd reaction.  Beethoven received five standing ovations, and the fierce old musical curmudgeon was deeply moved. (more…)

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Published in: on May 14, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony  
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