On this day in 1824, Ludvig Van Beethoven’s Ninth symphony was premiered

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May 7th 1824 was the date of the first playing of the ninth symphony of Ludwig Van Beethoven and despite the musical difficulties, and problems in the sung parts, it was a success.

It remains the illustrious composer’s most towering achievement. The symphony’s famous choral finale, with four vocal soloists and a chorus singing the words of Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy,” is perhaps the most famous piece of music in history. His most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was quite unable to hear.

His greatest late works include Missa Solemnis, a mass that debuted in 1824 and is considered among his finest achievements, and String Quartet No. 14, which contains seven linked movements played without a break.

Via On this Day in History of Music