Japanese mega-choir with 10,000 singers perform Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

10,000 Japanese choir singing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

Several centuries ago, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony found an unexpected way to reach Japan via German prisoners. As a result, it has become one of the most loved music collections in the country. Every year there is a unique performance held once annually.

10,000 Japanese choir singing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

When Beethoven wrote the Ninth Symphony, the talented maestro had no idea that his song would soon become a worldwide phenomenon. The choral climax of his musical work became phenomenal after centuries.

The climax of the final Symphony, also referred to as “Ode to Joy,” has the vocal libretto taken from the collection of texts. It is written by the poet Friedrich Schiller.

10,000 Japanese choir singing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

The lyrics of the final part of the Symphony, sung by any choir, are often associated with the message of hope, freedom, and unity. The simple stepwise melody resonates everywhere when Beethoven’s work is sung by a mega-choir.

However, no performance is more powerful than a choir of over 10,000 singers. Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado, a Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa student, was accompanied by professional vocalists, a medium-sized choir, and over 10,000 strong choir members who performed the song.

10,000 Japanese choir singing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

The 10,000-strong choir members are untrained singers who wish to participate in the annual “Daiku” (Japanese for number 9, about Beethoven’s Symphony). All Japanese choir members dress formally and sing the “Ode to Joy” in German. Although the singers spent a couple of weeks or months preparing to sing the song in German, their pronunciation is incredible.

People worldwide have praised musicians. One netizen posted comments on the video link, “I’m a musician from Germany, who also was part of the Gewandhaus choir and sang this song. I’m so touched by the commitment of the conductor.” While another person wrote, “Composed by a German legend, sung by a Japanese multitude, gave chills to a Canadian nobody.”

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Japanese mega-choir with 10,000 singers perform Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’