Ode to Joy

I first learned about Beethoven through Peanuts and Huntley/Brinkley. I was awake in the night last night, and thought of this wonderful video – I first saw it 6 years ago, and posted it then at Christmastime. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but that doesn’t matter. We could all use a little joy today no doubt.

32 thoughts on “Ode to Joy

  1. I stood in that plaza Christmas day, 1968. A brass band was playing. The crowd was huge.

    Happy holidays to all!

    Bo

  2. Thank you so much, Peter! What a rousing way to start off Christmas morning here in SouthCentral Alaska. Absolutely Wonderful!!

  3. You made my Christmas morning. it is about Christmas. Ode for Joy always brings tears to my eyes. It was the fitting closing hymn at my wife’s funeral and will be for mine. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  4. Peter, Lovely rendition with some very enthusiastic joyous musicians and listeners. Wishing you peace and continued insights. May I offer this version for you. Pete Seeger: Ode to Joy

  5. Merry Christmas and peace on Earth!
    Thanks for being you.

    You inspired me to carve (or whittle) spoons. An episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop”. Long ago…. thank you.

  6. It is amazing that I watched that same video last night before reading your post! It might be my favorite classical music piece – but that isn’t saying much.

  7. Lovely! Thanks

    On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 8:38 AM Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes wrote:

    > pfollansbee posted: ” I first learned about Beethoven through Peanuts and > Huntley/Brinkley. I was awake in the night last night, and thought of this > wonderful video – I first saw it 6 years ago, and posted it then at > Christmastime. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but tha” >

  8. and it is the 250th anniversary of his birth. WHRB’s–the Harvard station–orgy this year was a complete Beethoven retrospective–from 10am to 10pm every day, for a week. Listened to some of it, and there is lots of Beethoven we never hear in particular the early stuff and the many short pieces written for friends etc. The other two classical stations, Boston’s WCRB and New York’s WQXR, that I listen to also played lots of Beethoven, mostly the Beethoven we know.

    So it’s appropriate that in his 250th anniversary year you post this Peter and I think Tanglewood ends it’s summer season–though no summer season this year–with Beethoven’s ninth.

    Danke–

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