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200 years ago Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was first performed in Vienna

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, marking an anniversary. Two hundred years ago today, Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" - a vision of peace and fraternity - premiered in Vienna, Austria.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUNICH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND HANSPETER GMUR PERFORMANCE OF BEETHOVEN'S "SYMPHONY NO. 9 IN D MINOR, OP. 125")

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