Tuned to the joyful tones of the famous finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Beethoven's last great work, his Symphony No. 9 in D minor, premiered in Vienna in 1824. Also known as the Ode to Joy Symphony,
it was received with numerous standing ovations, with some members of
the audience enthusiastically waving hats and handkerchiefs to show
their appreciation for the composer who could no longer hear the
applause. The words in the choral finale were taken from a poem by
Friedrich Schiller, and the music from this movement has been adopted as
the official European Anthem.
Be embraced, millions! This kiss for the whole world! Brothers, above the starry canopy Must a loving Father dwell. Do you bow down, millions? Do you sense the Creator, world? Seek Him beyond the starry canopy! Beyond the stars must He dwell.