Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven)

musical work; choral symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (sometimes known simply as "the Choral"), is the final complete symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).

A page from Beethoven's manuscript of the 9th Symphony


  • O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
    Sondern lasst uns angenehmere anstimmen,
    und freudenvollere.
    • Oh friends, not these sounds!
      Let us instead strike up more pleasing
      and more joyful ones!
    • Beethoven's Prologue to Schiller's “Ode to Joy”

Quotes about Symphony No. 9Edit

  • Of all the works in the mainstream repertory of Western music, the Ninth Symphony seems the most like a construction of mirrors, reflecting and refracting the values, hopes, and fears of those who seek to understand and explain it … From its first performance [in Vienna in 1824] up to the present day, the Ninth Symphony has inspired diametrically opposed interpretations.
    • Nicholas Cook, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Cambridge Music Handbooks), Preface
  • I forswore my model, Beethoven; his last Symphony I deemed the keystone of a whole great epoch of art, beyond whose limits no man could hope to press, and within which no man could attain to independence.

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