Flash Mob – Te-adoram in fericire (Simfonia lui Beethoven) in Sabadell, Spania – Beethoven’s: Ode to Joy

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Ludwig van Beethoven in 1803

Ludwig van Beethoven in 1803 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romanian:

O banca din orasul Sabadell, Spania a realizat aceasta piesa la aniversarea 130 de ani de la infiintarea Bancii Sabadell. Versurile cantecului ‘Te adoram in fericire’ au fost compuse de Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) in anul 1907 pe versurile ‘Ode to Joy’, din simfonia finala a lui Ludwig van Beethoven- Symphony No. 9. Pentru versuri, vezi aici.

ENGLISH

Breathtaking, majestic music!

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 with the intention of musically setting it to the famous „Ode to Joy” melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s final symphony, Symphony No. 9. (Photo credit cyberhymnal.org Henry Van Dyke 1852 – 1933)

Van Dyke wrote this poem in 1907 while staying at the home of Williams College president Harry Augustus Garfield. He was serving as a guest preacher at Williams at the time. He told his host that the local Berkshire Mountains had been his inspiration. The lyrics were first published in 1911 in Van Dyke’s Book of Poems, Third Edition.

Van Dyke wrote of this hymn:

These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time—hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. Therefore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

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Beethoven’s – Ode to Joy

Deutsch: Portrait Beethovens mit der Partitur ...

We tend to get discouraged when trials and suffering come our way. In rereading on Beethoven’s own struggle with his hearing loss, despite his lows when he despaired and even contemplated suicide,  I was encouraged that eventually, the more profound his hearing loss became, the more he compensated for it by being more creative in his work of composing to the point that he was still able to compose music even when he was totally deaf. From Wikipedia:

Around 1796, by the age of 26, Beethoven began to lose his hearing. He suffered from a severe form of tinnitus, a „ringing” in his ears that made it hard for him to hear music; he also avoided conversation. The cause of Beethoven’s deafness is unknown, but it has variously been attributed to typhus, auto-immune disorders (such assystemic lupus erythematosus), and even his habit of immersing his head in cold water to stay awake. The explanation from Beethoven’s autopsy was that he had a „distended inner ear,” which developed lesions over time. Over time, his hearing loss became profound: there is a well-attested story that, at the end of the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he had to be turned around to see the tumultuous applause of the audience; hearing nothing, he wept. Beethoven’s hearing loss did not prevent his composing music. Here is one of his songs that became s hymn sung throughout the world in many languages:

Ode to Joy

Joyful, joyful
We adore Thee
God of glory
Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee
Hail Thee to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark of doubt away
Giver of immortal gladness
Fill us with the light of day

With light
With light

Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began
Father love is reigning o’er us
Brother love binds man to man
Ever singing march we onward
Victors in the midst of strife
Joyful music lifts us Son ward
In the triumph song of life

Symphony #5 First movement

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