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#40916 - 02/05/03 12:30 PM Music for Survivors.
Mike Church Offline
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Here is a piece that should be considered. I have listened to it over the years, especially in my down periods and it has never failed to give me an inner contentment. Just the joy of the music itself is incredible. I cannot but feel better when I hear it.
BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY

Friedrich von Schiller's Ode to Joy in Beethoven's setting for four soloists, chorus and orchestra has taken on a special meaning as a fanfare for peace, tolerance and liberty all over the world.

Beethoven's drafts for his opus 125 - the last in the cycle of symphonies - date back to the year 1815 or 1816. For decades he had been wanting to set Schiller's hymn to music, but it was only after the first three movements of the 9th Symphony were almost completed that he decided to compose a choral finale for the last movement based on parts of the poem.

In the conventions of the 1820s it was nothing less than revolutionary to end a symphony in this manner - and at just over an hour the work was also unusually long. At its first performance, in Vienna on May 7, 1824, the audience was typically enthusiastic, while the critics, as so often before, found the composer's unique ideas too novel and daring.

Beethoven himself could not hear the clamour and the shouts of 'Bravo', as he was completely deaf by this time.

Here is the Poem by Schiller

O friends, not these sounds!
Let us strike up something more
pleasant, full of gladness.

Joy, beautiful divine spark,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter, drunk with fire,
O heavenly one, your holy shrine.
Your magic once again bonds together
What custom strictly divided,
All Mankind become brothers
Where your gentle wings hold sway.


He who has the great good fortune
To be friend to a friend,
He who has won a dear wife,
Let him mix his rejoicing with ours!
Yes--and whoever has but one soul
Somewhere in the world to call his own!
And he who cannot, let him steal away,
Weeping, out of this company.

Joy is drunk by every creature
From Nature's breast;
Every good one, every bad one
Follows her rosy pathway.
She gave us kisses, and wine,
And one friend, tried unto death;
Even to the worm ecstasy is given,
and the cherub stands before God.


Gladly, as his Suns fly through
The magnificent plan of the heavens,
Run, my brothers, your own course
Joyfully, like a hero off to conquest.


Joy, beautiful divine spark, etc.

Let me embrace you, O millions!
This kiss is for the whole world!
Brothers, above the starry firmament
A loving Father must surely dwell.
Do you fall down, O millions?
Are you aware of your Creator, world?
Seek Him above the starry firmament!
For above the stars He must dwell.

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Mikey

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#40917 - 02/05/03 02:33 PM Re: Music for Survivors.
Wuamei Offline
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Mike, thanks for sharing this. While not a regular
listener to classical music, I have an appreciation for some of it and at times find certain pieces very soothing.

Truly music is a universal language--even when you can't always hear it.

Victor

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#40918 - 02/05/03 09:32 PM Re: Music for Survivors.
Mike Church Offline
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Victor: I am not a particular fan of classical either but this particular piece I keep in my car and on a cd in my computer at work. Have you listened to it. Especially when there is a full choir for the ODE TO JOY movement

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#40919 - 02/05/03 09:37 PM Re: Music for Survivors.
Mike Church Offline
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And as you say even if you cant hear it. What a tremendous depth of feeling and sense of being Beethoven must have had to create such beauty from his soul and give it freely to others. He did not die a wealth man. And yet the beauty he created has lived for almost two hundred years.
We are blessed to have these remarkable poets among us if only briefly for some. The line is endless and I suspect has been ever so since humanity first was able to appreciate their gifts.

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#40920 - 02/05/03 10:20 PM Re: Music for Survivors.
Wuamei Offline
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Mike, yes I have listened to it tho not recently. And yes it is a real gift to us all, as are those who share such music with us.

Victor

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