Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sunday Morning in the Church of Beethoven
Several weeks ago I posted a video here that captured the first night of the mass protests in the Ukraine--featuring thousands singing the "Ode to Joy." This, of course, illustrates the theme of our new, acclaimed film "Following the Ninth"--which follows the Ode and the Ninth Symphony arund the world as it is used in protests and other social gatherings. Now here's a little video of a small group Ukrainians in D.C. singing the "Ode"--with the words of the Ukrainian national anthem. As they write, "This is not a new anthem for Ukraine - this is in the tradition of playing Beethoven's brilliant 'Ode to Joy' during revolutions as a symbol of the invincible human spirit." Another vid. --G.M..
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch