WINDOW TO THE WORLD
Poetry in music
(The Choral/ In D Minor / Opus 125 / In five movements/ Approximate playing time 66 minutes)
Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, the last he wrote, is one of the best known and most celebrated works of Western classical music. Popularly known as the Choral, the symphony is also sometimes called the Beethoven Ninth, or owing to its phenomenal popularity, simply the Ninth. It derived its moniker from the fact it was the first symphony in the history of music, to be partly sung. Although the work was originally commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London, Beethoven dedicated it to King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia (the son of Friedrich the Great). The first public performance was on 7 May 1824 at the Karntertor Theatre in Vienna and its third in 1825, in London.
This revolutionary work was the Mount Everest of Beethoven’s awesome symphonic achievement. It demonstrated, conclusively, that the composer, despite his deafness, continued to grow organically as a symphony writer till the end of his life. The symphony has come to represent one of the highest achievements of man, and can take its place alongside the finest works of Dante, Michelangelo, Shakespeare and Homer.
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