Reblogging this when it turned up in my reader – after talking about Beethoven in my last post. This is from the 4th and last movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, the last symphony he composed. Written when he was almost completely deaf so he never heard it played, nor did he hear the audience’s rapturous applause after the premiere. Click ‘view original’ to hear it. And yes, you should definitely turn up the volume!