26 December 2020

Ode to Joy

Beethoven went completely deaf at a relatively young age. He also suffered from tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears. Neither stopped him from composing, and some say that the 9th Symphony is his greatest composition. And to be clear he was completely deaf when he wrote this.

I wanted something calming that is decidedly NOT Christmas music. So some classical seemed appropriate.

Today we have the 4th movement of that Symphony. It is 24 minutes long. The entire symphony is one hour and 20 minutes. If you have the time there are good recordings on YouTube or Spotify or wherever you listen to music. You can probably get a CD from your local library as well. (The Chicago Symphony is always a favorite with me, but any Deutsche Grammophon recording will not let you down. There are a lot of versions; not all of them are good.)

Beethoven's 9th is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

This is Movement IV from Beethoven's 9th Symphony in D Minor. It is commonly known as "Ode to Joy." This recording is Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

And we have Rick Beato to thank for today's selection. He asked the question, "How Did Beethoven Hear Music?"

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