Beethoven's Best: the Ode to Joy

Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the finest composers of his era, and boasted one of the snazziest haircuts to boot. Not satisfied with living in Cologne, he moved to Vienna and could not be forcibly restrained from composing the kind of music that made King Louis XIV's wig curl.

During his lifetime, Beethoven composed a total of nine symphonies. Nobody else has even gotten close. There is a general superstition called "The Curse of the Ninth" among composers because no one else has written nine symphonies.

For his final symphony, the power team of Beethoven and Friedrich Schiller combined to write "An die Freude," or "Ode to Joy" in English.

Even though he was completely deaf at the time, Beethoven could not be kept from one final symphony. The 9th Symphony is widely regarded as his masterpiece.

As the house thundered at the premiere, Beethoven had to be turned around to receive the applause. Today the 9th Symphony is the official song of the European Union.

Ode to Joy (mp3)

The example is played on a Lee Oskar Major Diatonic in the key of C.


Ode to Joy

Part 1

5B 5B 5D 6B 6B 5D 5B 4D 4B 4B 4D 5B 5B 4D 4D

Part 2

5B 5B 5D 6B 6B 5D 5B 4D 4B 4B 4D 5B 4D 4B 4B

Part 3

4D 4D 5B 4B 4D 5B 5D 5B 4B 4D 5B 5D 5B 4D 4B 4D 3B

Part 4

5B 5B 5D 6B 6B 5D 5B 4D 4B 4B 4D 5B 4D 4B 4B


It seems right to close our tabs section with a bit of classical music. It may not seem like a fitting song for a harmonica, but how it sounds is up for you to decide.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for the song history)