“Following the Ninth” Director Finds the Power, Wonder in Beethoven’s Most Famous Work

Berlin WallA chance encounter with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a borrowed car sent Kerry Candaele on a journey that eventually led to Following the Ninth, his documentary about the many ways Beethoven’s indelible piece of music has inspired, and been a part of, protests and social movements around the world.

Source: HUB, September 3

Comment: No doubt Schiller (the author of the Ode to Joy) and Beethoven were freedom fighters and would have raised no objection to the use of their work in protest movements. But the fact remains that the Ode to Joy was an ode to joy, not to freedom, even though it specifically celebrated the brotherhood of man. They would not have denied tyrants the right to experience joy.

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One response to ““Following the Ninth” Director Finds the Power, Wonder in Beethoven’s Most Famous Work

  1. David Schatzky

    Thank you for the link to the preview of the film. Can’t wait to see the whole documentary! It is difficult to experience joy without freedom, but even under the yoke of tyranny people seem to find at least some temporary joy by engaging with the kind of freedom that imagination, reflection, art, dance, writing and especially music liberate within them and that oppression cannot eradicate.