Number 9

No, I'm not referring to Revolution 9 by the Beatles.

The fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is performed throughout Japan every December and was even featured at the Winter Olympics of 1998 in Nagano (see this post from two years ago).

WHY is this music such a hit with the Japanese?  Last year, CBS made this report:

Long time favorite of mine, too. In fact, maybe I'll name my next boat "Ode to Joy".  (nah)

Happy Holidays.


Sandscraper said...

Ah Ha, I saw those Trombones in the last few seconds of the report.

Pandabonium said...

That's the best part. ;)