Ode to Joy
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven composed this tune for the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. It was the last symphony he wrote and the first ever to include singers.
He was completely deaf when he wrote it!
The words, by Friedrich Schiller, are all about freedom and friendship.
The tune has been used in several films including 'A Clockwork Orange' and 'Dead Poets Society'
It's also the tune of the 'Anthem of Europe', the (multi)national anthem of the European Union.
Things to practice
This low D is the only right hand note in the piece. Make sure you are ready for it and play it short so you can fit the breath in.
Tie this B to the 1st note on the next line
Don't play this note!
Tie it on to the one before.
(if you need it)
The first 2 lines are easy. It's the second half you'll need to practice.
twice as fast as crotchets
Make it full size!