10.01.2003 -

Manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

The original manuscript of the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the best-known compositions worldwide, will soon officially be part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. In a ceremony next Sunday at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Verena Metz-Mangold, of the German National Commission for UNESCO, will hand over the Memory of the World Certificate to Graham Jefcoate, of the Berlin State Library, where the manuscript is deposited.

Beethoven's Ninth is the one of the most impressive and tremendous masterpiece of Beethoven's oeuvre. Its influence on the history of music was decisive and intense in the 19th and 20th century and not restricted to the genre of symphonies only. In the last movement human voice has been included for the first time in a symphony. This "Ode to Joy" (An die Freude), which sets a poem of Friedrich von Schiller to music, has become as a symbol of peace between all nations and the peoples in the world.


UNESCO's Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage that which has been identified by the International Advisory Committee in its meetings in Tashkent (September 1997), in Vienna (June 1999) and in Cheongju City (June 2001) and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding the selection criteria for world significance.

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