Saturday, May 25, 2024
Home Society “All men become brothers”: Beethoven’s Negende is 200 years old | Read on

“All men become brothers”: Beethoven’s Negende is 200 years old | Read on

by News Room
0 comment

An anecdote from Pristina, February 2008. Kosovo declares its independence. Amidst the chaos, a hastily assembled orchestra plays the famous conclusion of Beethoven’s ninth symphony: “All men became brothers”. Happy Kosovars feel they belong to the European pace of nations.

It was more than symbolism: Ode to Joy has been the official anthem of the European Union since 1985. In 1972, the famous conductor Herbert von Karajan had already made an arrangement for the Council of Europe. “Ode to Joy” is a poem by Friedrich Schiller. Beethoven used some verses in the last movement of his 9th Symphony.

Sing along in Mechelen

Belgium is currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union, and in Mechelen you can sing “Ode to joy” outdoors on Cultuurplein on May 7 at 8 p.m. The Dutch text will be distributed there. Mechelen is a fitting place: Beethoven’s family has its roots there. Ludwig’s grandfather grew up there.

Or listen in Antwerp

Next week, on Monday 13 May, Antwerp will host a celebratory performance of the 9th symphony, Call for peace, featuring the Belgian Beethoven orchestra Le Concert Olympique, the Vienna Arnold Schoenberg Choir and the American pianist Kit Armstrong, as conductor. Jan Caeyers. All European culture ministers are welcome.

Leave a Comment