Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the 'Ode to Joy'
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Beethoven: 20 facts about the great composer
18. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the 'Ode to Joy'
Symphony No. 9 is often nicknamed the ‘choral’ symphony, but it’s only the finale that features a choir. Using singers in a symphony was a wild idea at the time, but it seems to have paid off – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony changed the face of classical music forever, and continues to inspire listeners and composers to this day!