Beethoven performed by The Muppets

22 04 2009

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is one of the greatest musical works ever created. I’m not even going to try to describe it to you, nor am I going to post some video fraction of dubious quality audio for you here. You simply have to make some time to sit back and really HEAR the Ninth. On a good quality sound system. Or, better yet, a live symphony. Maybe you and I will go someday to see the SF Symphony do it.

The final movement of the Ninth is the one most people recognize, and it’s usually referred to as the “Ode to Joy” (which actually comes from the “lyrics,” a poem written years before by Friedrich Schiller). It is extraordinary. Again, you have to hear it in the right context.

Or a seriously wrong context. Like this version from Jim Henson’s Muppets. Seriously wrong, but seriously funny. And seriously good, too!

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