The final symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
. To quote Jethro Tull
: "The deaf composer writes his final score / He'll never hear the sweet encore." This outstanding work of music culminates in the Ode to Joy ("An die Freude") with lyrics by the German
poet Friedrich Schiller
Listening to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is pure and absolute bliss. Only after beginning to thoroughly appreciate the Ninth could I understand the real extent of the torture that Alex in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange was subjected to by being brainwashed into nausea whenever he listened to Beethoven.