Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 9, "Freiheit"

Image von der Wik
Twenty five years ago today the Berlin Wall fell.  Six weeks later, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven's 9th Symphony in the reunited city, a performance where the lyrics of the fourth movement "Ode to Joy" were changed.  "Freude" ("Joy") was replaced with "Freiheit" ("Freedom").  It is perhaps the last time that a lion of the Western arts community unambiguously stood up for freedom.  This is the sound of freedom ringing, with Schiller rocking the house starting about 1:06 into this hymn to the Human Spirit.

O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
Sondern lasst uns angenehmere anstimmen,
und freudenvollere.
Oh friends, not these sounds!
Let us instead strike up more pleasing
and more joyful ones!


Old NFO said...

Well done!!! :-)

libertyman said...


A powerful performance!

A timely and apt lesson this morning. You haven't lost your knack. Very much appreciated.

Chickenmom said...

That was wonderful! Thank you!