One of the greatest achievements in the history of Western music: Beethoven's magnum opus and the anthem of the European Union today

Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Vienna (Austria) — 1824

Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Vienna (Austria) — 1824

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) labored on his final symphony while almost completely deaf

  2. Alterations, sometimes reversed later, show how he wrestled with the final version of the musical text

  3. The anthem of the European Union since 1985, the manuscript was listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2001

Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven

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  • Kleine Symphonie Nr. 9 D op. 125 von Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven  – Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin, Germany)
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Short Description

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the most famous and recognizable compositions in music history. The work was an instant hit and has enjoyed continuous popularity since it premiered in 1824. The final movement, commonly referred to as the “Ode to Joy”, has been adopted as the official anthem of the European Union and stood as a symbol for the dream of a reunited Germany during the Cold War.

Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven

With his famous Ninth Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) ventured into new musical dimensions. In the final movement, soloists and chorus join forces with the orchestra and the “Ode to Joy” by Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) to express a global aspiration, a declaration: “Alle Menschen werden Brüder! / All mankind becomes brothers!” The magnum opus premiered in Vienna on May 7th, 1824 before a packed house in what was Beethoven’s first onstage appearance in 12 years. It was received with jubilant, boisterous applause and Beethoven, who was now almost completely deaf and had to be turned around to face the audience, received five standing ovations as handkerchiefs and hats were thrown in the air.

The Anthem of Europe

During the Cold War, the "Ode to Joy" segment of the symphony was played in lieu of an anthem at the Olympic Games for the United Team of Germany between 1956 and 1968. In 1972, the main theme of the last movement was chosen by the Council of Europe as the European anthem and was adopted by the European Union in 1985 as its official anthem. In 2001 the manuscript was listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The large-format paper that Beethoven used for some passages already reveals its forcefulness. Alterations, sometimes reversed later, show how he wrestled with the final version of the musical text and refined it right down to the last detail. The various parts of the manuscript, like the rest of Germany, were divided in the aftermath of the Second World War and only reunited in 1990. Today, it is regarded as a one of the supreme achievements in the history of Western music.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Kleine Symphonie Nr. 9 D op. 125 von Ludwig van Beethoven
Date
1824
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Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125
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Symphony no. 9 D minor op. 125

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