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


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At Number 7, the 'Choral' Symphony is at its highest position since 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).