Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Nov 2, 2012
This is something different from me. Ode To Joy is actually a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1800, but most people know it as the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the one he wrote when he was totally deaf. It has been performed in multiple ways throughout history, and it’s a piece I absolutely love.
It’s in that vein that I’m doing a video post of different ways the song has been performed. Some are goofy, some are eclectic, and some are outstanding; okay, in my mind they’re all outstanding. Yes folks, it’s the same song over and over, but something amazing with each one.
Let’s start with something funny, Beaker from the Muppets:
A flash mob performance:
How about hearing it via 10,000 voices?
A commercial with David Beckham
Pete Seegar’s folk music version with English lyrics; love this:
On a glass harp; amazing:
A techno version; this is kind of extreme lol:
We started with Beaker, we end with Beaker: