Beethovenís Ninth Symphony joins UN world heritage list
The original score of the Ninth Symphony of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven has been added to the United Nations world heritage list, the Berlin state library said on Thursday.
The 200-page manuscript of Beethovenís Ninth, housed in the Berlin library, is the first musical score to gain the official protection of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The symphony was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London and first performed in Vienna in 1824. It is sometimes referred to as the Choral Symphony.
Beethoven, who lived from 1770 to 1827, is believed to have first drafted the work in about 1818 and completed it in 1823.
The composer, who was by then deaf and fighting illness, conducted at the premiere and is said to have not noticed the audienceís thunderous applause at the end of the performance. AFP