Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ode to Joy/Joyful Joyful


Youtube video

The word that came to me immediately after listening to this video was simply "WOW!"

'Ode to Joy' also known as 'Beethoven's Symphony No. 9', was written by German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven in his later years when he was mostly deaf.

Ode by the way means, "a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter" or "a poem meant to be sung."

In fact, it was originally a poem written by Friedrich Schiller who was a German poet, playwright, and historian, though it was adapted later by Beethoven http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ode_to_Joy

Here is a bit of background to this song: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._9_%28Beethoven%29

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell, a number of people wanted to pay homage to Sabadell, a city in Spain with a flash mob consisting of 100 people from Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera, and Coral Belles Arts choirs (as shown in the video above).

Here is a version that sticks out in my mind from years ago, from the movie Sister Act 2, with Whoopi Goldberg as one of the main actors:

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This musical piece is seemingly popular during the Christmas season, though with differing variations of lyrics, one of which is as follows: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/soundtracks/ode+to+joy_10220943.html

byoV (short for 'bring your own voice'), the community choir that I sang with sang a somewhat similar version for our recent Christmas concert. It was a lot of fun for us choir members as well as the audience who heard us. How can it not be when you add a little funk, soul, and rap into it? Ok, that's my interpretation anyway! ;)



There is nothing like music bringing people together now is there?

What do you most enjoy about the videos above?

18 comments:

  1. What a great video of a great piece of music! Thanks Elly for sharing this. Loved it.

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    1. Yes, it/they are great...not sure if you got to see them both...the second one is a lot of fun! ;) <3

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    2. I found the first one really wonderful because it was a new one for me (the video not the music). Yes the second one is a lot of fun too, I remember it from the movie.

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    3. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed them both! :) <3

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  2. I loved Whoopi Goldberg :D Thanks for a musical post :) I was in school choir but we mostly sang Hindi prayers and patriotic songs.

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    1. Yes, it's fun to see her conducting the choir while dancing away like crazy! :) I think it's great to sing...so keep singing if you aren't already! ;) <3

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  3. Lovely post! Great music. Thanks for sharing this, Elly :)

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    1. Yes, it's fun to post some great music once in awhile! ;) I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) <3

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  4. Love playing this piece on the piano! ♥

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    1. Oh, that's so great that you can play it! Do you also sing whilst playing at the same time! ;) <3

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  5. Love that song - joyful joyful!
    What a beautiful voice :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the song and video(s)! :) <3

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  6. Love this joyful musical post, Elly! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. That was my intent Shilpa! ;) Glad you enjoyed it. :) <3

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  7. The best was the last one . . . .the community choir.
    Yes . . . .there is nothing like music bringing people together.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Haddock. Yes, music is a universal language that automatically does that doesn't it? ;) <3

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  8. I loved all the videos here! The last one was just fabulous :)

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    1. Yes, they're all great videos. Thanks for the feedback. :) <3

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