Next on screen is a semi-documentary film telling the story of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth symphony which is very fitting for the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent re-unification of the two German states
2004, 80 min., dir. Pierre-Henry Salfati, German with English subtitles
TIME: 17h00
VENUE: Howard College, MTB North Wing, German Programme, Media Room F251
About the film:
Since its composition in 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has emerged as one of the greatest works of Western music. It has inspired immense enthusiasm while occasionally carving out an unusual political career for itself. How could Friedrich Schiller’s utopian statement that “All men become brothers” have become the object of so many contradictory and irreconcilable ideologies? The film by Pierre-Henry Salfati explains the reception history of “Ode to Joy”, a fable about the moral values of Western art. An exciting insight into music history, accompanied by concert extracts from Kurt Masur, Herbert von Karajan, Sir Simon Rattle, Otto Klemperer and Leonard Bernstein.
All welcome – no fees.
For further details please contact: 
Dr Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
German Programme
South Africa
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242
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