Saturday, April 15, 2017

MOZART'S "ODE TO JOY": CONVERGENT MUSICAL EVOLUTION

MOZART'S "ODE TO JOY"
Vincent P. de Luise M.D.


Mozart in 1770, with the Order of the Golden Spur
Anonymous oil copy of the lost 1770 original


In Mozart's Misericordias Domini, KV 222, at the 1:05 mark, you can hear the "Ode to Joy" melody, i.e., Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." It appears several times in Mozart's composition.

How can this be?

Mozart wrote the Misericordias in 1775, over 40 years before Beethoven started composing his ninth symphony, the Choral (Beethoven began his ninth symphony in 1817 and took seven years to finish it, in 1824).

Did Beethoven copy Mozart?


Beethoven in 1819
by Joseph Karl Stieler

It is highly unlikely. There is no evidence that Beethoven ever heard the Misericordias, or ever saw the autograph.

This serendipitous event is what I have termed, "Convergent Musical Evolution.The melody is simple and direct, diatonic, with small intervals between the notes, and no chromatics; two geniuses independently conjuring and crafting this eternal and universal melody.

Listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEBYufTXJQk

Ars longa !

Vincent

@ 2017 Vincent P. de Luise M.D.

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