• Maja S. K. Ratkje
  • A dismantled ode to the moral value of art (2012)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen / Chester Music NY Inc (World)
  • SSMSTBarB
  • 10 min

Programme Note

It was performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein at a concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall, it appears in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

Hitler celebrated his birthdays with it, and the government of Rhodesia made it their anthem.

And the prisoners in German concentration camps played it.

It also figured prominently at Mitterand’s 1981 investiture.

In 2012, we celebrate the Ode to Joy’s 40 years anniversary as National Anthem of the EU.

Thanks to Neil Young and Edvard Grieg for inspiration.

To Nordic Voices 2012
with support from Arts Council Norway