Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 ('Choral')
Ludwig van Beethoven

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The 15th of Beethoven's 17 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in the top 20 of every Hall of Fame and peaked at number 5 in the first countdown back in 1996.

First performed in Vienna in 1824, Beethoven's final symphony was actually commissioned by the London (now Royal) Philharmonic Society.

In its famous last movement, Beethoven set to music Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy to create a choral masterpiece which is now the anthem of the European Union. An extraordinarily long piece of music for the time, it set a new standard for symphonic composition.

The Beethoven Frieze: The Longing for Happiness Finds Repose in Poetry by Gustav Klimt (1902).