Video of the week: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy)

Published: Apr 26, 2017  |   Category: Uncategorized

Here is the full recording, over an hour long!  I'm sorry that the audio/video timing is slightly off. :-( 

If you don't have time to watch/listen to all, the last movement begins at about 47 minutes, the famous Ode melody begins around 51 minutes, and my arrangement is based on the part that begins at about 53 minutes. The soloists and choir invade a few minutes later.  Just thinking how cool it would have been if at the very first performance the vocalists were seated in the audience and suddenly stood and started singing.  The rest of the audience would have been blown away - after all, this was a SYMPHONY!! Singers in a symphony?  Unheard of before this!

Homework for my students: Bring an interesting (or boring) fact about Beethoven (written on a small piece of paper) to your next lesson.  We will put them on the bulletin board and see how many different facts we can collect.  If the fact you bring has already been shared, I might ask you for a second one ... so, you might bring a few with you, or you might have to remember to look for a new one for the following week! If you have extras, they can be posted after everyone has a chance to post one.

And, just for fun, if you want five minutes more... have you seen this flash mob video? (sorry the music doesn't match the video at ALL for some of the time!)


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