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‘Ode to Joy’ interactive piano sheet music

Beethoven

 

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“Ode to Joy” is the fourth and final movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. It is sung by a choir, accompanied by the orchestra. This was the first time any composer had used a choir within the format of a symphony. He wrote it between 1822 and 1824 and was completely deaf when he wrote it.

The words for “Ode to Joy” came from a poem written by Friedrich von Schiller, with a few tweaks by Beethoven as he fit the words to the music.

Cheat sheet

 

ArtistLudwig van Beethoven
ComposerLudwig van Beethoven
Release Year1801
Genre(s)Classical
Difficulty levelBeginner
Instrument Orchestral/choir
Key(s)Original: D major | Skoove lesson: C major
Meter 4/4
Techniques Steady quarter beats in right hand, long held whole beats in left hand

 

Fun fact

Beethoven was determined to conduct the orchestra for the first performance of his 9th symphony, so a second conductor worked alongside him in case Beethoven lost the beat (which he did). When the performance ended, the audience stood and cheered. Unable to hear the huge reaction, Beethoven continued to face the orchestra. Finally one of the singers turned him around to face the audience so he could see their reaction. It became and remains one of the most played symphonies of all time.

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