Japan Today

Ode to joy: How Austria shaped Beethoven's Ninth


The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© 2024 AFP

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

I was raised listening to classical music, and Beethoven's music was nearly always played every day, but we did listen to many others. I love his 7th and 8th and 3rd symphonies, but the 9th is never far behind. The 4th movement is just outstanding, it is so awe inspiring and beautiful to hear.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It's my favorite Symphony and enjoy listening to it, even alone.

Ravel's Bolero is another one that never gets old for me.

I like all kinds of music.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

His revolutionary idea to incorporate parts of Friedrich von Schiller's lyrical verse "Ode to Joy" paradoxically made his symphony more susceptible to misuse, including by the Nazis and the Communists.

The verses "convey a feeling of togetherness, but are relatively open in terms of ideological (interpretation)," Kraus said.

Anything can be warped to serve an ugly purpose. But that's not the fault of the composer. And let's face it, 'Ode to Joy' has been used way too much in violent movies and their ads. It's a sad sick cliche, one I don't think Beethoven would've approved of. Other styles of music have been bastardized the same way. For instance punk rock has been misappropriated by neo-Nazis and the Dead Kennedys addressed that clearly in one of their songs. And Nazi death metal in Norway, that's centered around punk and heavy metal (which has some very strong BLACK AMERICAN roots) but their fans are too dumb to know.

Since 1985, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from the fourth movement has served as the European Union's official anthem.

Appropriate enough. He was one of Europe's brightest 'stars' so to speak, and everyone knows the song in some sort of fashion.

Outside the Beethoven House in Baden, which is marking the anniversary with a special exhibition, visitor Jochen Hallof said that encountering the Ninth Symphony as a child had led him down a "path of humanism".

"We should listen to Beethoven more instead of waging war," Hallof said.

Agreed. And I think he'd say to too.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites