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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