ODE TO JOY
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Watch and listen to this recording of "Ode to Joy" performed by an orchestra at Carnegie Hall!
"Beethoven the Great Composer"
BEETHOVEN THE GREAT COMPOSER
1770 - 1827, Germany
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Beethoven was the great composer of "Ode to Joy" and many other songs. His father, a strict man, gave him music lessons as a child.
Young Ludwig published his first composition at age 12, and he played piano to help support his family.
Even though Beethoven was a virtuoso pianist, he had trouble in school. He once said, "Music comes to me more readily than words."
At age 26, Beethoven started to lose his hearing, and he eventually became completely deaf. Despite losing his hearing, he still continued to compose music, and he became one of the greatest composers of all time!
"Ode to Joy" comes from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and it was the first composition ever to use voices with a symphony orchestra!