Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125


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classic

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by GrandMaestro30 USER (3 Reviews)
November 30th, 1999 | 343 replies


Release Date: 1824 | Tracklist


The Ninth Symphony is one that demonstrates the power and genius of Beethoven’s mind. The first two movements depict conflict, intense joy, and incredible depth into the soul that resounds the common conflict in History. The expert use of the timpani in the second movement and throughout the Symphony confounds even the modern concert-goer. The third movement clears away all the conflict and intensity, and begins a great lyrical moment of peace and melody. It is a precursor to the great eminence of fourth movement. The Fourth movement brings us the great triumph of man and peace; a triumph of brotherhood. Using the lyrics from Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven makes his ending clear. “O friends, not these tones! Let us raise our voices in more pleasing and more joyful sounds! All men will become brothers.” The clash between orchestra and choir in the fourth movement instills a great sense of camaraderie in the listener that successfully fulfills Beethoven’s purpose of this symphony, that all men will indeed once become brothers. In another resounding of our human history, after all the conflict, there will be an awesome ascendancy of unity, brotherhood, and peace. It is a telling of our striving for peace, and that it will one day come. This is why it is so recognizable in the national anthem of the European Union; the strive for unity and brotherhood.



The lyrics of Schiller’s Ode to Joy as they appear in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony:

O friends, no more these sounds!Let us sing more cheerful songs,More full of joy!

Joy, bright spark of divinity,Daughter of Elysium, Fire-inspired we tread Thy sanctuary.Thy magic power re-unites All that custom has divided, All men become brothers, Under the sway of thy gentle wings.

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.

Do you fall in worship, you millions? World, do you know your creator? Seek Him in the heavens; Above the stars must he dwell.


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Fort23
August 1st 2007


2479 Comments


You need to add more to this review. Its very good so far, but it has to be much longer. And you need paragraphs. Do that and Ill vote.

It will be cool to have a classical dude around, so keep up the good work.

Bfhurricane
August 1st 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Weird review format, the first paragraph would have made a great soundoff though. Beethoven was one of the most brilliant minds in all of music, hands down. Im glad to see some people like classical, its a strong guilty pleasure of mine.

GrandMaestro30
August 2nd 2007


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you for your comments guys. I plan on adding more when I am free, also on fixing any prior mistakes. I love all music, but I'm studying Classical music for a future career and it is an incredible genre of music to interpret and write about. Once more, Thank you very much for your comments.

Hatshepsut
August 2nd 2007


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No guilty pleasure, just a pleasure.

Bfhurricane
August 2nd 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

By guilty pleasure I mean a pleasure that I tend to hide. Or on this site atleast. I study classical guitar, so Im huge on composers like Bach, Tarrega, Guiliani and Vivaldi. Though Beethoven didnt write anything fantastic for the guitar (or what would have been the lute at the time) Ive come to strongly appreciate his music.

The Door Mouse
August 2nd 2007


2092 Comments


There are much better composers than Beethoven but he is still pretty amazing.

metallicaman8
August 2nd 2007


4677 Comments


No one was ever much better than Beethoven. It is debatable that he wasn't the hands down best, but no one blew him out of the water.This Message Edited On 08.02.07

The Door Mouse
August 2nd 2007


2092 Comments


I think that Chopin was superior to Beethoven. Not by a landslide but it is kind of apparent.

metallicaman8
August 2nd 2007


4677 Comments


Meh, I haven't heard anything of Chopin's that could overtake Beethoven, but at the same time I haven't heard all that much Chopin.

Bfhurricane
August 2nd 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bach was the greatest composer of all time, hands down. Thats simply not debatable, most qualified college music professors will attest to that. Not to say hes the most fun to listen to, but when it came to musical theory and knowledge of all instruments he was superior. But thats only because he took advice from many friends who composed for other instruments and compiled it all.

FR33L0RD
August 2nd 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

IMHO Bach & Beethoven are the greatest of all.


Hatshepsut
August 2nd 2007


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I studied piano for eight years and violin for six or so, but I really don't have many preferences. There are a lot of great composers.

descendents1
August 7th 2007


702 Comments


I've been working on a concept review for Vivaldi's Four Seasons for a while now and I hope I can get it up before school starts. Chopin's one of my favorites but I wouldn't necessarily say he was a better composer than Beethoven, Bach, or Mozart.

Lunarfall
August 7th 2007


3179 Comments


Classical music can't get anymore classic than Beethoven and Mozart.



descendents1
August 8th 2007


702 Comments


That doesn't make any sense considering the term classical is used to refer to any works with classical-era instruments. Classical music is still made today.This Message Edited On 08.08.07

Angmar
August 8th 2007


2689 Comments


Most classical music made today is called neo-classical for clerifacation.

descendents1
August 11th 2007


702 Comments


Right, or as I like to call it, west-coast gangsta rap.

Windows
December 4th 2007


76 Comments


I have to get this.

cometuesday
December 4th 2007


959 Comments


I don't think there's one particular term or another that encompasses all of "neo-classical" music. Don't really care I'm just saying.
But I agree it is nice to see some of this getting reviewed. I've been comtemplating doing so but I haven't had much exposure to any classical for a few years now. I need to get back into it!

Bfhurricane
December 4th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone who likes neoclassical will love this. Actually, Beethoven's 5th symphony would be more appropriate for people into neoclassical these days. That was written during a chronic depression of his, giving off a sense of epicly haunting power that you would find in some power metal, gothenburg, or melodic death metal.



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