and it could be news to some



Leonard Bernstein was invited in 1973 to the Charles Eliot Norton Chair

as Professor of Poetry at his alma mater, Harvard University,

 to deliver a series of six lectures on music.


On Christmas Day, December 25, 1989, Bernstein conducted

the Beethoven Symphony No. 9

in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus (Playhouse)

as part of a celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The concert was broadcast live in more than twenty countries 

to an estimated audience of 100 million people.

For the occasion,

 Bernstein reworded Friedrich Schiller's text of the Ode to Joy,

substituting the word Freiheit (freedom) for Freude (joy).

Bernstein, in the introduction to the program, said that

they had "taken the liberty" of doing this because of a

"most likely phony" story, apparently believed in some quarters,

that Schiller wrote an "Ode to Freedom" that is now presumed lost.

Bernstein's comment was,

"I'm sure that Beethoven would have given us his blessing."


Hope you will not miss out on Part 2, 3 & 4 of Bernstein's exposition

of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.


--- On Tue, 12/23/08, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
"This kiss for all the world!"
a great ceremonial work
that doesn't just preach freedom and the unity of peoples
but attempts however strangely to foster them
elusive, evocative, poetic
Paint it any color you like, and it remains exalted and inexplicable.
The best way of keeping it alive and fresh is not to pin it down
but to embrace its mystery.
Jan Swafford
 --- On Sun, 12/21/08, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Christmas