Best. Flash mob. Ever.

I especially like the little girl who climbs up onto a lamp post to conduct.

Fun facts about this movement from Beethoven’s Ninth: the lyrics are based on an eighteenth-century German poem that appropriates religious language for Enlightenment ideals; and it’s the anthem of the European Union, which maybe explains why folks are singing along in the video?

Via Jen Graves at Slog.◼

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Freude!

Today is Ludwig van Beethoven’s probable 238th birthday. Accordingly, here are two renditions of the final movement of the Ninth Symphony:

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