Just saw this clip from October of last year - have watched it twice - cried, both times - am unsure why - it is alchemy, by the way - Beethoven's Ninth? It is alchemy. Ask me sometime, what I mean by that. But it is.
Beethoven was deaf when he wrote the Ninth. As the story goes:
"Although he attended the premiere of his 9th Symphony - on May 7, 1824 - Beethoven heard not a note. Sitting on a stage for the first time in twelve years - with his back
to the audience - his gaze was on the orchestra, choir and soloists.
"History tells us that Beethoven, who was beating time to the
conductor’s movements, did not know how the people responded to his
Ninth Symphony. Taking his arm, the alto soloist (Caroline Unger) turned him round to face the crowd.
he could not hear their roaring approval, Beethoven saw their clapping
hands and smiling faces. Bowing deeply to the premiere's concert-goers,
he began to cry."