The 2017-18 Season marks JoAnne Wasserman’s 24th year as Artistic Director and Conductor of SBCS. While you can read her full bio here, we’d thought we’d share a few things about her that you might not be aware of. She’s a California native, born, raised, and educated in the greater Los Angeles area, where she Read More »
Ode to Joy: A Poignant Message for Troubled Times
Next Up: Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s 9th with SB Symphony October 15/16, 2016
As it is among the most popular of the choral masterworks, most listeners will be aware that the beautiful choral movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is taken from the 1785 poem An die Freude (To Joy) by Friedrich Schiller. The music is powerful, but what you may not know is what all those beautiful German words (and they are quite beautiful) mean. The Ode is a call to peace and brotherhood and to confident belief in a benevolent higher power.
Here is a side by side translation of the main choral passages that we hope will make your singing and listening even more pleasurable. Purchase tickets Granadasb.org
Click Ode to Joy German original English Translation for the full translation download.