10000 singing Beethoven – Japan

This is absolutely stupendous. Ten thousand Japanese singers together in a large indoor arena singing Beethoven. The piece is to honor those who died in the tsunami last year, a very great tragedy.

10000 singing Beethoven – Ode an die Freude / Ode to Joy / 歓喜に寄せて

This is the description on YouTube.

“The performance of “Daiku”, “The Ninth”, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with 10000 (amateur) chorus singers is a Japanese highlight every year in the end of December. Here is the last movement, recorded at the 2011 concert in Osaka, this year dedicated especially to the memory of the victims of the disastrous tsunami in March.”

Absolutely amazing. I would love to know more of the details behind how this performance is organized. Could they have all practiced together? I rather doubt that. And then there is the question of where is the audience? Only on TV? On the far side of the arena?

Wow. A veritable sea of singers.

Sometimes the human spirit and ability to create and perform leaves me speechless.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, nature mystic, empathic intuitive healer (with shamanic influences) and international speaker. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty years and is currently on hiatus from the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary behind the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering (Maryland, 2014). She loves to be involved in Ceremony. Mare is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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10 Responses to 10000 singing Beethoven – Japan

  1. Judith says:

    Thought you would find this web site interesting. It definitely seems to indicate that a documentary was made about this performance, accompanying the conductor and 3 of the non-professional singers. http://www.euroarts.com/artikel/production/production/ ——————————————————————————–

    “Ten thousand for Beethoven’s Ninth

    The mega-performance of ‘Daiku’ by amateur singers in Osaka

    In Osaka, Japan 10,000 amateur singers gather together again this year for a brilliant spectacle: The performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, dubbed “Daiku” in Japan. Yet, it’s not about artistic perfection for the Star artistic director and conductor, Yutaka Sado. “All men shall be brothers” – in light of the triple disaster that recently struck Japan, Schiller’s “Ode” gains particular significance.
    We accompany Sado and three lay-singers in the preparations for the concert. What motivates them to take part? What does Beethoven’s music mean to you? And what role, if any, does European classical music play in a society that elegantly combines its own traditions with western culture?

    Length: 58 Min., HD
    A film by Friedemann Hottenbacher
    Producer: Isabel Iturriagagoitia Bueno
    A production of EuroArts Music, WDR, Arte”

  2. Judith,
    Thank you for sharing this information and link. I will set some time later to watch the documentary. It is so intriguing how this vast number of people were coordinated to create such an amazing performance. And the clip that is on YouTube must be only a short piece from a much longer performance, too.

    Really appreciate your note.
    blessings
    m

  3. Louisette says:

    Wonderfull, !! wonderfull thanks for you link . best regard rom Belgium

  4. I was fortunate to be part of the 30th annual performance of the Beethoven 9 with 10, 000 singers choir last night! It was a very unique and memorable experience! A true example of how organized the Japanese can be when it comes to putting something so logistically challenging together.
    I am a percussionist and besides the rehearsals that we had with the orchestra, we only had 2 rehearsals with the chorus which was excellently prepared – one the day before the performance and one the day of! Everything was impressively smooth! The audience consisted of 6 000 people sitting right across from the orchestra. And the 16, 000 people all together sat completely silent during the rest of the program which was Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto and some other Japanese tunes.

    If anyone is curious about anything else regarding the event I would be happy to answer!

    Best,

    Georgi

  5. Georgi,
    I’m so honored that you shared this experience with us to help us understand more about how it was coordinated. Clearly you are a gifted musician to have been part of that performance.

    (And I see that you are part of Peabody. I am from Baltimore and only moved to the Frederick area a year ago. Peabody is one of Baltimore’s finest institutions.)

    blessings, blessings,
    mare

  6. Dear Mare,
    What a small world! Thank you for your kind words! I am indeed proud to have been affiliated with the Peabody Conservatory!

    Warm regards,
    Georgi

  7. duco crop says:

    I want also the 9-symphonie with 6 miljoen in Tchaykovski-town.
    My website is Duco Von Heetboven. Facebook; duco crop, OPEC,
    ( I am angree becouse the world don’t understand Beethoven)

  8. Carlos Max Andres says:

    Please, does anyone here know anything about a DVD or bluray release for this awesome performance of the 9th Symphony? Os even an HD video download link? Thanks a lot!

  9. Hi Carlos,
    I wish I could help you here with more info but honestly I don’t know how to access a DVD or other recording. I wish you the best with your search.
    Blessings, blessings,
    mare

  10. Carlos –
    As copied from below… perhaps a clue for you?
    Thought you would find this web site interesting. It definitely seems to indicate that a documentary was made about this performance, accompanying the conductor and 3 of the non-professional singers. http://www.euroarts.com/artikel/production/production/ ——————————————————————————–

    “Ten thousand for Beethoven’s Ninth

    The mega-performance of ‘Daiku’ by amateur singers in Osaka

    In Osaka, Japan 10,000 amateur singers gather together again this year for a brilliant spectacle: The performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, dubbed “Daiku” in Japan. Yet, it’s not about artistic perfection for the Star artistic director and conductor, Yutaka Sado. “All men shall be brothers” – in light of the triple disaster that recently struck Japan, Schiller’s “Ode” gains particular significance.
    We accompany Sado and three lay-singers in the preparations for the concert. What motivates them to take part? What does Beethoven’s music mean to you? And what role, if any, does European classical music play in a society that elegantly combines its own traditions with western culture?

    Length: 58 Min., HD
    A film by Friedemann Hottenbacher
    Producer: Isabel Iturriagagoitia Bueno
    A production of EuroArts Music, WDR, Arte”

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