The 9th Symphony

The Symphony No.9 in D minor is one of Beethoven’s most famous works as well as his last symphonies composed. Beethoven’s symphonies were performed in concert halls for the ruling and middle class alike. The 9th was no different. When it was fully completed in 1824 it premiered at Karntnertor Theater in Vienna. At the time of it completion Beethoven was fully deaf. The ninth symphony is based on a Schiller’s poem “The Ode to Joy ” which had been a source of interested and inspiration for Beethoven from as early as 1793 when Beethoven first sought to write this composition. This was the start of Beethoven’s musical master piece the ninth symphony. The ninth symphony is probably one of the most famous symphonies performed in the classical era. 
The musical theme of Part IV was not fully written until only a year before the completion of the symphony. Which could possible explain some things about the composition of the Ninths form as well as that Beethoven was deaf during a large part its creation. As you listen you can notice something about the trend to this symphony it almost seems that it is an attempt at embracing a type organized chaos in a truly magnificent way. As each section of the orchestra seems to clash and compete with one another as the composition of the ninth unfolds into something that is unexplainably magnificent. That raises a complex and seemly unexplained mix of emotion that I can only compare to the likes of thunder storm.

All About Beethoven”, 2004-2006.Ver. 5.0.”, http://www.all-about-beethoven.com/symphony9.html.


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2 Responses to The 9th Symphony

  1. I like your “organized chaos” observation. Much of classical can sound like that, but it also makes it interesting and certainly not redundantly boring as much of current-day pop music is. The most amazing thing about Beethoven is to realize that he had to clearly “remember” sound, notes, music for the entirety of his musical composition life. Like any sense, the one that fades or totally fails also becomes dim in one’s memory if not exercised. I know, I wear dual hearing aids and realize there are sound nuances that I have begun to forgot about when I hear their essence picked up once again when I am wearing them. Not only was Beethoven a musical prodigy, but a mental giant as well — that’s apparent.

  2. davidsbl0g says:

    It is staggering to consider what sort of genius Beethoven must have been. A “mental giant” for sure. This piece is arguably the most famous piece of classical for good reason – it is extraordinarily enticing. It seems to satisfy people on a fundamental level, which is further enhanced the more it is ingrained into popular culture.

    Wonderful work, excellent post, the connection to the middle class could be stronger but overall, I enjoyed reading. Thank you.

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