10,000 People in Japan Singing Beethoven's Ode to Joy

“In Japan, it’s an end-of-year tradition to sing “Ode to Joy,” the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The song is so well-known in Japan that it’s known simply as daiku, literally “number nine.” In Osaka, a 10,000-person-strong “Number Nine Chorus” of amateur singers performs daiku every December, to thundering effect. While there are some professionals involved (the soloists and orchestra), the Number Nine Chorus is largely a community effort. And the sound of 10,000 singers, trained or untrained, is unbelievable.…The Beethoven craze began, strangely enough, during World War I, when German soldiers being held as prisoners in Japan staged the very first performance of number nine here.
The Japanese liked what they heard, and by the mid-20th century, number nine had become a holiday hit.…”


3 Responses to 10,000 People in Japan Singing Beethoven's Ode to Joy

  1. Anonymous says:

    that mental floss link to the YT vid has been shut down.. Here's another one:


    Mike W


  2. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Thanks, Mike. Thanks also for the Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, we're going to post it on theshelterblog.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is there a date for when this takes place in Osaka?

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