4 thoughts on “Ode to Joy”

  1. Unexpected music is special. I remember walking home to my apartment one spring evening when Juilliard was still up on Claremont avenue and passing an open apartment window through which I could hear a string quartet being performed. It was wonderful and entrancing, and I just stood there and listened.

  2. I’ve always loved this piece. I think it’s one of Beethoven’s best. I’ve always preferred Mozart and Bach, but this one is very effective.

  3. Beethoven always struck me as too serious, while Mozart and Bach seemed to be as much about having fun as making music.

    But this piece is… what it is.

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