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Masterpiece Beethoven

Symphony no. 9

22 – 25.02.2018

  • enthusiastically begun in 1822, completed in 1824
  • premiered in a concert that included the overture Die Weihe des Hauses and KyrieCredo and Agnus Dei from the Missa solemnis, and was conducted by a totally deaf Beethoven
  • in 1793 Beethoven decided to set Schillers Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy) to music. He made his first two attempts in 1798 and 1812
  • the first time a composer included voices in a symphony
  • milestone and touchstone, as a result of which even the number 9 took on a deeply symbolic meaning for later composers