Beethoven nailed it with his Ninth Symphony. It was the first time such a large orchestra was used. It was the first time vocalists were used in a symphony. It is a glorious personification of the human spirit. Joy is seen most easily in children at play. It lifts the human spirit. This part of the Ninth Symphony is played at Presidential Inaugurations, graduations and times of celebration. This video is a “flash mob” event. Spend six minutes listening and tell if your spirit is lifted. Did I mention that Joy is a great antidote to a lot of the pain and suffering we endure as human being sojourning on Earth?
I love the part where the young teen boy takes off his headphones to hear what’s going on around him!
Original Lyrics in German
Lyrics (thank you Wikipedia)
|“An die Freude“||“Ode to Joy”|
Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Wem der große Wurf gelungen
Freude trinken alle Wesen
Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen
Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Joy, beautiful spark of Divinity [or: of gods],
Who has succeeded in the great attempt,
All creatures drink of joy
Gladly, like His suns fly
Be embraced, Millions!