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September 2019, Muscat: Ludwig van Beethoven’s last great masterpiece, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, which stands as one of the supreme achievements in the history of Western Music will be played on Friday, September 13 at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), as revealed by ROHM.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is also considered as a work that forms an important stylistic bridge between the Classical and Romantic eras in music, while it was structured in four movements building to a glorious choral finale.
Beethoven adapted the words for the finale of the symphony from Ode to Joy, a poem written in 1785 by the famous German philosopher, historian, physician and man of letters, Friedrich Schiller.
The poet described joy as a “beautiful spark of divinity”, spoke rapturously of the brotherhood of joyful heroes and portrayed God as “embracing all the world from above the starry canopy”.
Musically expressing his passion for the noble ideals of his age, Beethoven created a complex work marked by magnificence and grandeur.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered in 1824 and became a powerful call for freedom and universal brotherhood. In the late twentieth century, the musical theme of Ode to Joy was adopted as the anthem of the European Union, attesting to the stature of Beethoven’s compelling Ninth Symphony.
Tenor, conductor, composer and multi-talented artist, Argentinian luminary José Cura, is acclaimed for his original interpretations of opera characters, as well as for his innovative orchestral direction. He will lead the Orchestra and Choir of Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, South America’s finest theatre. The four voices in Ode to Joy are sung by soprano Daniela Tabernig, alto Alejandra Malvino, tenor Gustavo López Manzitti and bass, Emiliano Bulacios.