Ode to Joy (An die Freude) is the name of a poem by Friedrich Schiller that Beethoven used in the fourth movement of his Ninth Symphony. The Ninth Symphony is notable in that it incorporates a choir and four vocal soloists in the final movement. This is the first symphony by a major composer to do so. The Ode to Joy theme starts off with cellos and basses very quietly playing the theme, then it is repeated many times over and over, with more instruments joining in, becoming louder, thicker, and more energetic. Later in the movement, the choir sings the theme with the orchestra at full volume. The Ode to Joy has been used in a huge number of movies, tv shows, commercials, albums, and other popular culture media. It was selected as the Anthem of the European Union. It is truly one of the most recognized melodies in all human history. This is an arrangement for string quintet: two violas, violin, cello, and bass.
Learn how to play the notes of "Ode to Joy Viola" on viola for free using our animated scrolling tablature including sheet music and tab options for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 6 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.