First, ‘Listen’ To The Post…
Ode To Joy…
In my recent post “Humankind’s Search For Happiness“, I showed my admiration for the musical genius, Beethoven. And I was privileged to be in Vienna last week with my family to visit the Vienna Secession. Our special reason, apart from Vienna’s cafe and many other cultural attractions, was to see the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt.
The ode, written by the German poet, playwright and historian, Friedrich Schiller, is perhaps best known for its musical setting in the final movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (the Choral). Voices from four vocal soloists and a chorus were used in a symphony by a major composer for the first time. It is also the most popular symphony in Japan, played specially during the year end celebrations. Enjoy this YouTube video where 10,000 sing the ode (or click here for the video).
Hearts Unfold Like Flowers…
“Hearts unfold like flowers before thee
Opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark of doubt away…”
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