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Beethoven’s Daiku Unbound
On May 7, 1824, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony received its premier in Vienna, Austria. During its 185-year history the “Ode to Joy” Symphony has provided audiences throughout the world spiritual inspiration and jubilation. In Japan massed choral groups and orchestras come together in December of each year to give performances of Daiku —”The Big Nine”. We will explore elements in the finale of this monumental work that may account for its universal appeal and immortality. Rev.