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Friday, May 01 2020 00:00

Day 20: "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven

Adult violin student plays "Ode to Joy"

People the whole world over are familiar with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, from the glorious finale of his 9th Symphony. Its message of hope and unity is a fitting one for these very challenging times. 
While theofficial” version features a full symphony orchestra and chorus, with as many as 200 people performing together*, part of the genius of this melody is its simplicity – which makes it very accessible to students even in the early stages. This lovely arrangement was made by this student’s multi-talented teacher, who accompanies him on viola. 
We love our adult students and their willingness to be beginners at a new activity, reassuring younger students that adults still have things to learn! 
*This linked performance of the London Philharmonic Orchestra includes WSM Director Penny Wayne-Shapiro in the first violin section. See if you can spot her on the fourth stand of first violins, outside chair.
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