The 9th is my favourite piece of music, bar none. I have more than a dozen copies of it by various orchestras and had the pleasure of hearing it performed live by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra a few months ago. The experience far exceeded any, and every, other concert I've ever attended.
It is, of course, well known that Beethoven was profoundly deaf by the time he wrote it but insisted on conducting the first performance himself. He was aided by an off stage conductor from whom the orchestra were taking their direction. Beethoven was German, but spent most of his working life in Vienna and this was the venue for that first performance, on 7th May 1824.
The 9th is the first example of a major symphony using the human voice, and uses Schiller's poem "Ode To Joy", which Beethoven always intended to set to music.
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