My ode to joy is...

ODE TO JOY

… Joy, beautiful spark of divinity… Your magic brings together what custom has sternly divided. All men shall become brothers, wherever your gentle wings hover…

Why Beethoven’s Ninth?

 

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with its famous choral finale set to Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” celebrates the universal brotherhood of mankind. Regarded by many as the greatest symphony ever written, it stands as one of mankind’s greatest cultural achievements. Perhaps the most beloved and profoundly unifying of all classical works, the Ninth has been performed countless times, notably at important commemorations like the fall of the Berlin Wall and the centenary of the end of World War I.

 

The Ninth Symphony is unique in its message and ability to celebrate the best in each of us, the inner beauty and humanity that bind us all together.

 

“…Whoever has been lucky enough to become a friend to a friend… let him join our songs of praise! Yes, and anyone who can call one soul his own on this earth!”

 

 

 

LYRICS

 

Joy, beautiful spark of divinity,

Daughter from Elysium

We enter, burning with fervour,

heavenly being, your sanctuary!

Your magic brings together

what custom has sternly divided.

All men shall become brothers,

wherever your gentle wings hover.

 

Whoever has been lucky enough

to become a friend to a friend,

Whoever has found a beloved wife,

let him join our songs of praise!

Yes, and anyone who can call a soul

his own on this earth!

Those who cannot, let them slink away

from this gathering in tears!

 

Every creature drinks in joy

at nature's breast;

Good and Bad alike

follow her trail of roses.

She gives us kisses and wine,

a true friend, even in death;

Even the worm was given desire,

and the cherub stands before God.

 

Gladly, just as His suns hurtle

through the glorious universe,

So you, brothers, should run your course,

joyfully, like a conquering hero.

 

Be embraced, you millions!

This kiss is for the whole world!

Brothers, above the canopy of stars

must dwell a loving father.

Do you bow down before Him, you millions?

 

Do you sense your Creator, o world?

Seek Him above the canopy of stars!

He must dwell beyond the stars.

 

Ode to Joy by Friedrich Schiller

Translated to English

 

what’s your ode to joy?

 

Our lives are as diverse as we are but music is universal. Music is the thread that ties us together. Share with us what brings joy to your life.

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The official registration and financial information of the Harrisburg Symphony Association Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.