Ludwig’s Ode to Joy
Let’s go back to the first measure. 1-2-3-4. Clarinets, forte, please. Beethoven’s ingenious freshness won’t manifest. He was already deaf when he wrote it. Short! Short! Violas are off.
Who stole my baton? Just the trumpets, now, please at measure 89. Not pianissimo! It’s a D-minor. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Wonderful, wonderful, yes. I really love it. When I play it, I think it’s the most beautiful music ever played.