M. P. Belaieff


Silvestrov: Ode to Joy

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  • Composer: Valentin Silvestrov
  • Instrumentation: SATB Choir
  • Work: Ode to Joy
  • Work Language: Russian
  • ISMN: 9790203005872
  • Size: 9.1 x 11.9 inches
  • Pages: 16


In Silvestrov's short choral setting, only part of the lines from Schiller's "Ode to Joy" used by Beethoven are heard – the verses "Joy, beautiful spark of the gods" and "You millions, I embrace you!" However, not sublimely majestic and not pathetically rejoicing, but like a gentle aspiration (tenor solo sung out of the choir) Silvestrov expresses a deep longing for a joy that is not prescribed by insane leaders and ideologies.