“Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th symphony

6th graders:

-I recommend that you listen to as much of the video as you can, but the melody starts at 3:50 (with cellos!).

-Listen for which sections have the “melody” vs. “countermelody”

-Try to hear a few examples of how Beethoven twists/turns/changes the melody throughout the movement.

-Watch the chorus stand and begin singing at 7:50

-Also, watching Leonard Bernstein conduct is very fun.

The choral text (poem by Friedrich Schiller, translated from German), includes this passage, among many:

“Joy, your magic brings together what custom has sternly divided. All men shall become brothers.”