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May 31st, 2019

standard ‘Ode to Joy’ has an odious history. Let’s give Beethoven’s most overplayed symphony a rest

Ludwig van Beethoven considered his Ninth Symphony a political piece of music when he wrote it in the early 1820s, and it remains so to this day, writes John Terauds.  (GETTY IMAGES)

Ludwig van Beethoven considered his Ninth Symphony a political piece of music when he wrote it in the early 1820s, and it remains so to this day, writes John Terauds. (GETTY IMAGES)

When the Canadian Opera Company opened the doors to its new opera house in 2006, the gala concert included “Ode to Joy,” the last movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Music director Peter Oundjian has chosen the whole, 75-minute-long composition to cap and celebrate his 14 years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on June 28, 29 and 30. Full story.

John Terauds (The Star) / June 26, 2018

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