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Sep 21
Beethoven directed the piece himself; that is, he stood before the lectern and gesticulated furiously. At times he rose, at other times he shrank to the ground, he moved as if he wanted to play all the instruments himself and sing for the whole chorus. All the musicians minded his rhythm alone while playing
— Violinist¬†Josef B√∂hm, on the premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
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