Last night National Public Radio ran a story on a new documentary, "Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony" by Kerry Candaele. The documentary follows the storied history of Beethoven's symphony, particularly the 'Ode to Joy' and its use as both a call to action and occasionally as a means of oppression. Toward the end of the piece, NPR interviews Feng Congde, one of the main leaders of the Tiananmen protests. Feng Congde jerry-rigged a loudspeaker and blared the 9th symphony over the pronouncements of the People's Liberation Army--an act of defiance and solidarity for the protesters. Listen to the full piece below.
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation