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Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven

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Published on Dec 22, 2010

London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Josef Krips
Soloists: Jennifer Vyvyan (EDIT), Soprano
Shirley Verret, Mezzo-Soprano
Rudolph Petrak, Tenor
Donaldson Bell, Bass

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Todor Stojanov
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Ludwig van Beethoven A man who wrote countless pieces of music, each and every one a masterpiece in a class of its own A man who lost the will to live after the discovery he wouldn't be able to hear music, the only undisputed passion in his life, but gave up on suicide because "he couldn't bare to leave this world before he had left it with his work" A man whose composing remained as masterful during his deafness, some say it improved A man who restlessly broke the rules of music, even implementing choir in a symphony A man who has been dead for centuries, but is actually immortal and brought back to life every time his music is performed A man whose music is recognized by those that don't listen to him at all A man whose music is now considered boring by the majority and still manages to get 75 Million listeners A legend in all of its glory!
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AnAmericanComposer
It seems like a lot of people want to know how he wrote his 9th Symphony while deaf. It turns out, just like one has a "mind's eye" and can memorize and visualize intense detail through the imagination, one also has a sort of "mind's ear", where not only can someone hear melodies (all I have to write down is "I came in like a wrecking ball" and everyone here probably has the melody in their head), but also the distances between pitches (the first two unique pitches in Beethoven 5 are a minor-third apart, for instance), and duration. Then, with a high level of training and exposure, people can figure out actual individual pitches (the first sung note of Ave Maria is a B-flat). I can do this myself, to an extent, and in fact mentally writing (as opposed to writing at a piano) is a fantastic way of training your mind to contextualize melody, form, and harmony. I'm certain that Beethoven did a lot of writing away from the piano, and this allowed him to really train his mind's ear to hear harmony. It is important to notice that the further along the symphonie came in his repertoire (the progressively more deaf he became), the crazier his music became, in terms of harmonic usage and melody. This is because the mind's ear is less scrutinizing of hard harmonies, and in fact they can sound very normal in your head. It is very possible that Beethoven had a VERY strong grasp on what he was writing, but in fact didn't know EXACTLY what his music sounded like. Perhaps now he would hear this now and say "Ay! I messed up the trumpet part in measure 220!"
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Obsidiron Pumicia
Ludvig Van didn't do nothing wrong, he just made music! It's a sin! It's a sin! IT'S A SIN!
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Abhinav Bharat kaushik
Anyone from india in 2018 I am watching this song because there is a lesson in my literature book about him At starting the lesson the thought that he is normal composer but after reading more about it I realized that he was the father of music world Unfortunately he was deaf but he didn't make it his weakness Hats off on this great man He is my idol after Michael Jackson
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S. Crystine
Admite, você está aqui pelo momento épico 54:50
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El Loco Dart
Se ve que tiene potencial este señor ¿alguien sabe cuando viene a México? me gustaría ir a uno de sus conciertos.
Michael Lucarelli
Glad to see Beethoven gets so many views.
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ayman Younes
O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! Sondern lasst uns angenehmere anstimmen und freudenvollere. Freude! Freude! Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Deine Zauber binden wieder Was die Mode streng geteilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder, (Schillers Original: Was der Mode Schwert geteilt; Bettler werden Fürstenbrüder,) Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt. Wem der große Wurf gelungen, Eines Freundes Freund zu sein; Wer ein holdes Weib errungen, Mische seinen Jubel ein! Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund! Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle Weinend sich aus diesem Bund! Freude trinken alle Wesen An den Brüsten der Natur; Alle Guten, alle Bösen Folgen ihrer Rosenspur. Küsse gab sie uns und Reben, Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod; Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben, Und der Cherub steht vor Gott. Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen Durch des Himmels prächt'gen Plan, Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn, Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen. Seid umschlungen, Millionen! Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt! Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen. Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen? Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt? Such' ihn über'm Sternenzelt! Über Sternen muss er wohnen. Finale repeats the words: Seid umschlungen, Millionen! Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt! Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen. Seid umschlungen, Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt! Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium, Freude, schöner Götterfunken English translation Oh friends, not these tones! Rather let us sing more cheerful and more joyful ones. Joy! Joy! Joy, beautiful spark of the gods, Daughter of Elysium, We approach fire-drunk, Heavenly One, your shrine. Your magic reunites What custom sternly divides; All people become brothers (Schiller's original: What custom's sword separates; Beggars become princes' brothers) Where your gentle wing alights. Whoever succeeds in the great attempt To be a friend of a friend, Whoever has won a lovely woman, Let him add his jubilation! Yes, whoever calls even one soul His own on the earth's globe! And who never has, let him steal, Weeping, away from this group. All creatures drink joy At the breasts of nature; All the good, all the evil Follow her roses' trail. Kisses gave she us, and wine, A friend, proven unto death; Pleasure was to the worm granted, And the cherub stands before God. Glad, as his suns fly Through the Heavens' glorious plan, Run, brothers, your race, Joyful, as a hero to victory. Be embraced, you millions! This kiss for the whole world! Brothers, beyond the star-canopy Must a loving Father dwell. Do you bow down, you millions? Do you sense the Creator, world? Seek Him beyond the star-canopy! Beyond the stars must He dwell. Finale repeats the words: Be embraced, ye millions! This kiss for the whole world! Brothers, beyond the star-canopy Must a loving Father dwell. Be embraced, This kiss for the whole world! Joy, beautiful spark of the gods, Daughter of Elysium, Joy, beautiful spark of the gods
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gurkan 05
Today in class we listened to this cause we were going to write about Beethoven, and I was literally the only one who liked this, and I felt like if i said I liked it everyone would laugh at me. Idk why, but does anyone relate? It's the same thing with rock, I'm literally the only one in my class that listens to rock. I HATE pop and it always feels like I'm the only one in the school that likes this type of music and rock :( (also sorry for my bad english) lol but does anyone relate? Please reply :)
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Julien S
-Do you listen to classical music? -Ummm... You mean, "great music"??
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