Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven)
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- O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
Sondern lasst uns angenehmere anstimmen,
Quotes about Symphony No. 9
- Of all the works in the mainstream repertory of Western music, the Ninth Symphony seems the most like a construction of mirrors, reflecting and refracting the values, hopes, and fears of those who seek to understand and explain it … From its first performance [in Vienna in 1824] up to the present day, the Ninth Symphony has inspired diametrically opposed interpretations.
- Nicholas Cook, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Cambridge Music Handbooks), Preface
- I forswore my model, Beethoven; his last Symphony I deemed the keystone of a whole great epoch of art, beyond whose limits no man could hope to press, and within which no man could attain to independence.
- Richard Wagner, Autobiographical Sketch (1843)