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Beethoven and Freedom: On the Composer's 250th Birthday

Beethoven and Freedom: On the Composer's 250th Birthday
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On Christmas Day 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its setting of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy:

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