This morning Ben wanted to listen to the 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony on the way to school (the movement that has the Ode to Joy theme in it). It's a very long movement, and we didn't get all the way to the choral part, but we did get to the point where the cellos introduce the Ode to Joy melody, which then gets passed around the orchestra. By this time, we were sitting in the parking lot at school, and Ben asked to keep listening until the whole orchestra took it up. So we did. As more and more instrument groups joined in and the whole thing was building up in a great crescendo, Ben just sat there with a gaze of pure rapture on his face, and when the whole orchestra finally burst out in full glory, Ben raised his arms and started conducting with all his might.
You gotta love this kid.
3 weeks ago