Beethoven Ode To Joy Analysis

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Like stated above, his exact reason for deafness is not known. Beethoven himself had said to a close friend, in a journal excerpt, that the reason for his deafness was an illness that started with the belly. "The cause of this must be the condition of my belly which as you know has always been wretched and has been getting worse, since I am always troubled with diarrhea, which causes extraordinary weakness. Frank wanted to tone up my body by tonic medicines and restore my hearing with almond oil, but prosit, nothing happened, my hearing grew worse and worse, my bowels remained as they had been. This lasted until the autumn of last year and I was often in despair (Prevot, 2001).” There are many different theories as to the exact reason but…show more content…
It was his Ninth Symphony, fourth Movement. Ode to Joy was a very successful piece. It is said that Caroline Unger, one of the vocal soloists, had to turn Beethoven around at the end of the piece because he could not hear the applause himself. “The whole audience acclaimed him through standing ovations five times; there were handkerchiefs in the air, hats, raised hands, so that Beethoven, who could not hear the applause, could at least see the ovation gestures”(Symphony, 2015). The applause had lasted considerably longer than ten minutes due to the fact that it was magnificent and then there was a fear that this would be his last performance so the audience had wanted…show more content…
Thy magic power re-unites all that custom has divided, all men become brothers under the sway of the gentle wings. Whoever has created an abiding friendship or has won a true and loving wife, all who can all at least one soul theirs, join in our song of praise; but any who cannot must creep tearfully away from our circle. All creatures drink of joy at nature’s breast. Just and unjust alike taste of her gift; she gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine, a tied friend to the end. Even the worm can fell contentment, and the cherub stands before God! Gladly, like the heavenly bodies which he set on their courses through the splendour of the firmament; thus, brothers, you should run your race, as a hero going to conquest. You millions, I embrace you. This kiss is for all the world! Brothers, above the starry canopy there must dwell a loving Father. Do you fall in worship, you millions? World, do you know your Creator? Seek him in the heavens! Above the stars must he
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