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Texts and Translations

As part of the yearlong project All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, each partner orchestra will reimagine Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in their own way, interpreting the ideas of “Ode to Joy” in response to today’s world and adapting the text into a local language. Explore these adaptations below. Check back later for additional texts from All Together partners, including adaptations in te reo Māori and Zulu.

Original German Text by Friedrich Schiller


Standard English Translation

Portuguese Translation by Arthur Nestrovski

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
São Paulo, Brazil

English Adaptation by Anthony Anaxagorou

Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom

English Adaptation by Wordsmith

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore, United States

Chinese Translation by Deng Yingyi

China NCPA Orchestra and Chorus
Beijing, China

English Adaptation by Tracy K. Smith

Carnegie Hall
New York City, United States

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