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Monday, February 18, 2008

Kosovo declares independenece -- with the Universal Anthem

As you may know, Kosovo declare independence yesterday, and perhaps you caught some of the very moving images of the celebrations in the streets. No video seems to exists of the reputed high point of the official celebration: the Kosovo Philharmonic playing the "Ode to Joy" section of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (which is also the unofficial anthem of the European Union and the unofficial anthem of much of the rest of the world). You may not be so familiar with how the Ninth Symphony concludes ("All men become brothers") so take a breath and consider Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philaharmonic:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ode to joy is the official anthem of the EU
http://europa.eu/abc/symbols/anthem/index_en.htm