Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125

Ludwig Beethoven was not only one of the greatest composers ever born, he is a mold to

which other composers try to base themselves off of. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on

December 16, 1770 to a family of professional musicians. Beethoven learned violin mostly, as well

as some other instruments from his father. His father demanded perfection in his music, and in that

endeavor he violently scolded Beethoven whenever he made any kind of mistake during practice.

According to one story, the punishments from his father are what ultimately led to his hearing

troubles. Beethoven was sent to learn music from C. G. Neefe. Beethoven learned all the details

of orchestra
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Beethoven then continued assisting Neefe until he was seventeen years old. In 1787, he

went to Vienna in hopes of finding good opportunities to demonstrate his talent in music. From

there, the rest is history… as he continued to write some of the most beautiful and impacting

music the world has ever seen.

Beethoven started working on his ninth (and final) symphony in 1818, after the work was

commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London, and completed the work early in 1824.

What is both ironic and shocking is that though this symphony is one of the most beautiful and

complex ever to be written, Beethoven was nearly (if not) completely deaf at the time he wrote it.

The title of Friedrich Schiller's poem “An die Freude” is literally translated as "To Joy", but is

normally called the "Ode to Joy". It was written in 1785 and first published the following year in

the poet's own literary journal, “Thalia.” Beethoven had made plans to set this poem to music as

far back as 1793, when he was only 22 years old, as it had always been a favorite and moved
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The introduction for the vocal part of the symphony was very troublesome for Beethoven.

Beethoven's friend Anton Schindler, later said: "When he started working on the fourth movement

the struggle began as never before. The aim was to find an appropriate way of introducing

Schiller's ode. One day he entered the room and shouted 'I got it, I just got it!' Then he showed

me a sketchbook with the words 'let us sing the ode of the immortal Schiller'". However,

Beethoven did not keep this version, and kept rewriting until he was completely happy with the

end result, “O Freunde, nicht diese Tone.”

Beethoven originally wanted to have this symphony premiered in Berlin, as he found

Vienna to be dominated mostly by Italian musicians and pieces of work. However, at the urging

of his financiers, the symphony made its debut on May 7, 1824 in the Karntnertortheater in

Vienna. Here, Beethoven made his first on stage appearance in over a decade to a completely

packed hall. The performance was directed by Michael Umlauf, though Beethoven himself

remained on stage to assist, set the tempo, etc… The performance was met with great enthusiasm

and support for Beethoven, perhaps as well as with sympathy for the deaf

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